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“Perhaps the greatest tragedy of life in a secularized world is the freedom from failure. The mantra of progress ignores every secular failure as an abiding ill of an earlier age yet to be vanquished. Thus, its every failure is an excuse to double-down on the same insanity that failed the first time. The secular world’s unbridled self-confidence comes at the price of self-awareness. With freedom from failure comes freedom from repentance. We regret nothing. And this is the deepest poverty of soul in our modern world…Repentance is a difficult thing. It requires that we “bear a little shame.” Our failures and mistakes, indeed, our intentional misdeeds are lost in a world of success, and affirmation. We have nurtured a culture that believes the acknowledgment of failure is harmful, damaging to the psyche.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“Failure has multiple spiritual benefits. For ourselves, our failures can (and should) be the means that drive us to repentance. True heartfelt repentance is where we encounter the love, grace, and mercy of God. The other benefit is that our failures serve others. St. Paul makes this point in Romans 11 where he points out the failure of Israel resulted in opportunities of repentance for them while leading to the conversion of the Gentiles. This should teach us to not to slip into self-judgment regarding our failures, but to accept them, realizing there may be multiple blessings within them, and simply turn to God.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

It is strangely appealing to define ourselves by our failures, especially when others know that we have stumbled and treat us poorly as a result. As well, our own pride often causes us to lose perspective such that we obsess about how we do not measure up to whatever illusion of perfection we have accepted. People are often their own harshest critics in ways that are not healthy at all…Our failures and weaknesses are not good in and of themselves, but we put them to good use when we let them open our eyes to the truth of who we are, of where we stand before the Lord…our Risen Lord enables us to make even our most bitter failures points of entry into the new day of His eternal life…” (Father Philip LeMasters)

“Many people hit a roadblock in their relationship with God when the weight of their sins catches up to them, when they realize they are trapped in a cycle of sin or habit of ungodly behavior that they cannot control. It is a road block because now that they see and are fully convinced of their wretchedness, their complete and repeated failure in an area that they also realize they had allowed to grow and develop, once they are convinced of their fault, many people shut down in some way their relationship with God out of fear of God’s wrath, God’s judgement—as though God hasn’t known all along what you have now recently come to realize. When we become intensely aware of our shortcomings, sins and failures, we are the ones who are surprised and ashamed, not God. God has known and seen everything all along and has been waiting patiently for you to see it, for you to become aware of it.” (Father Michael Gillis)

“Our perception of success and failure may, in fact be inaccurate … perhaps the almighty God has chosen to work through us without letting us know. We may find out years later that what we saw as failure was actually God’s success." (Alice Fryling)

“Man failed in achieving the purpose of his creation; he failed to achieve his destiny, his theosis [union with God]. He tried to become a 'god without God.' This is his sin; this is the cause of his fall.” (Bishop Maximos Aghiorgoussis)

“ ‘Love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8)…Love is the barometer by which Christ will judge our lives. Sin is not only doing wrong. Sin is failure to do right. Sin, on the most basic level, is failure to love. The root cause of all sin is failure to love.” (Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis)

“…our greatest failing is not realizing who God is nor what His character is like.” (Foundation Study Bible, Isaiah 6:3)

“…we are created for communion. This is why believing in the threefold nature of the Holy Trinity is a non-negotiable requirement for Christians. God made us in His Image, and He is three in one. This is the foundational truth about God Himself—we were made for communion, but we fail, and our hearts are hardened by this failure.” (Father Barnabas Powell)

“There is much unhappiness and personal distress in the world because of failures to control tempers, appetites, passions, and impulses.” (William J. Bennett)

“When we invite Christ into our hearts, it is important that we keep His commandments and follow His example. To expect Christ to change our behavior without us making an effort of our own is to invite failure...Our personal failures begin in the heart.” (Abbot Tryphon, Dynamis 3/10/2015)

“…we too, oftentimes find that our dreams and plans are frustrated and lead to failure. We cannot help but wonder why God allows the earthly nests that we struggle so hard and work to build to fall apart and crumble before us. But the fact is that we cannot see as God does; if we too could judge events from the perspective of eternity, we would come to understand that God seeks for us a higher destiny, and a place of true serenity and provision for our deepest needs.” (Rev Andrew J Demotses)

“Without true humility, the door to our hearts is never fully open enough to let Christ completely in. Since most of our negative feelings about our personal failures is ultimately ego based, we need to convert our feelings from failure into a humble admission of our imperfection, and let it be an opportunity to let Christ fully into our hearts.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

“See your own failures as opportunities to practice humility.” (Everett Worthington)

“What’s amazing is that the grace of God is so far-reaching and profound that He can use your failures.” (Tony Evans)

“In God’s economy, nothing is wasted. Through failure, we learn a lesson in humility which is probably needed, painful though it is.” (Bill Wilson)

“Our perception of success and failure may, in fact be inaccurate … perhaps the almighty God has chosen to work through us without letting us know. We may find out years later that what we saw as failure was actually God’s success." (Alice Fryling)

“With all your weakness and helplessness, with all your frailties and infirmities, with all your sorrows and cares, He invites you to come to Him…God meets you in your weakness, not in your strength. He comforts those who mourn, not those who live above desperation. He reveals Himself more often in darkness than in the happy moments of life.” (John Dawson, Dan Allender and Tremper Longman III)

“God’s grace does not come to people who morally outperform others, but to those who admit their failure to perform and who acknowledge their need for a Savior." (Pastor Timothy Keller)

“We are saved only through the Cross. There is no salvation in strength, only in weakness. We will either come to know God in the communion of His sufferings (Phil 3:10) or we will never know Him. We either believe in the Crucified God or we believe in no God at all.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“Humility does not mean having a lower opinion of ourselves than we deserve, but having a just sense of our weakness and sin. We are too weak of ourselves to do anything, even exist. It is solely the power of God which allows us to do anything, including moving toward Him.” (William Law)

“It is difficult, however, for many people to admit their faults and shortcomings, even to God. It takes humility and honesty to recognize our weaknesses, and most of us would rather pretend that we are strong.” (Life Application Study Bible, 1 John 1:8-10)

“We all fail to be what God wants us to be, to do those things He asks us to do. But true Christians are not those who never sin and never fail, but rather those who repent of their sins and shortcomings and turn to God in humility.” (Archimandrite Vassilios Papavassiliou)

“Weakness is when you know that you are out of your depth. And that is precisely where we discover His strength holding us up…It is often when we recognize our weaknesses that God’s strength becomes available.” (Colin Smith, Life Application Study Bible, Psalms 102:3, 4)

“It is necessary to get to know yourself very well, your own extreme weakness, so that you learn not to judge, not to feel burdened by another’s weakness, but to empathize and to co-suffer with him.” (Hieromonk Nektary)

“Expertise is actually a very rare commodity…Mediocrity and incompetence are widespread (nearly universal). Fortunately, expertise is not the hallmark of the spiritual life. Were it so, almost no one would be saved…mediocrity and incompetence are not roadblocks to salvation – they are the gateway.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“One of the greatest obstacles we face in attempting to reach our potential is the fear of making a mistake, the very human fear of failure. And yet excellence is based on failure, usually one failure after another." (Ted Engstrom)

“...when we are crushed and when it seems that sorrow after sorrow and difficulty after difficulty fall upon us, must persevere in our dialogue with the Lord. It is only through a humble acceptance of the circumstances of our lives and a willingness to take responsibility for everything that has happened to us, with all of our failures, misfortunes, and sorrows, that we will be given the strength to overcome them, and through the mercy of God, to grow through them.” (Archimandrite Sergius)

“It is easy to get puffed up about ourselves when those around us recognize our accomplishments, but this life is not about careers, education, or success; it is about our relationship with God.” (Abbott Tryphon)

“Since the ultimate purpose of our salvation is to glorify God and to bring us into intimate, rich fellowship with Him, failure to seek God in prayer is to deny that purpose." (John MacArthur)

“Identity is a matter of character, not accomplishment, a matter of being and relating, not doing...Christ’s acceptance and approval of his disciples was always based on the being part of discipleship, not the doing part. The disciples enjoyed some successes in their mission. But they also experienced some failures, particularly during Christ’s arrest, trial and crucifixion when “all the disciples deserted him and fled”... Had the disciples based their identity on their performance, they would have reason to consider themselves failures.” (Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop)

“We need to be aware of our own breaking points and not become overconfident or selfsufficient. If we fail Him, we must remember that Christ can use those who recognize their failure.” (Life Application Study Bible, Luke 22:62)

“If we walk by faith, every victory invests us with higher courage, and every failure flings us back on God.” (George Buttrick)

“...we have great incentive to use our wisdom and our will to the best effect, knowing God holds us to it and knowing we will suffer consequences from foolishness and wickedness. On the other hand, there is an absolute promise that we cannot ultimately mess up our lives. Even our failures and troubles will be used for God’s glory and our benefit.” (Pastor Timothy Keller)

“He (God) will be infinitely merciful to our repeated failures;” (C. S. Lewis)

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