Let's not be too hard on ourselves and others when we do not get it right away. The truth takes time to get past our defenses: our hard heads and hard hearts. God knows our potential.
The Peter Paradox: Maturing through Mistakes examines the life of the apostle Peter. Author Larry W. Ellis studies Peter's ministry, beginning with his denial of Jesus as explained in the book of Mark. Through a detailed discussion, Ellis studies Peter's mistakes and teaches how we can learn from his example.
Ellis's discussion of Peter's pardon and restoration by Jesus demonstrates how Peter's power source is discovered. Mistakes are part of everyone's life. We can waste the pain or grow to maturity-it's our choice. With God's help, that choice becomes much easier to make.
In our success-driven culture, we praise winners. But the truth is that we mature more through our mistakes than our successes. Most importantly, we learn firsthand that God can turn mistakes into miracles.