Getting Past Your Personal Failures – Discussion Questions

1 John 1:9 and Jeremiah 31:34. These verses tell us that our sins are never too big for God’s grace.

  • What are some of the lessons you’ve learned from your past failures?
  • Why is it so difficult for us to forgive ourselves even after God has forgiven us of all our sins?

Read 2 Corinthians 5:17. This verse explains that our identity is not based upon what we have done, but rather whom God says we are.  

Failure is an event – never a person.

What does that statement mean to you and how can you draw strength from it?

Philippians 3:12-15. This passage encourages us to realize that while we can’t change our past, God can change our future.

  • Describe a past failure that you have fully overcome. How did you successfully overcome it?
  • What does God’s grace and forgiveness mean to you? How has it changed you and helped you overcome your failures?

NEXT STEPS

  1. Confess to God those sins that you have not asked forgiveness for. Ask Him to forgive you and cleanse you from the stain of sin.
  2. Tell God your past failures that you continue to struggle with. Ask Him to help deliver you from these feelings.
  3. Ask God to help you forgive yourself of your past failures in the same way He has already forgiven you of all your sins.
  4. Thank God for His forgiveness and grace in your life. Tell Him how it has changed you.
  5. Ask God to help you stop focusing on your past mistakes and instead focus on the future God has planned for you.

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