"Peace When You've Failed" Stuart Jones What do you think when you read John 14:27 (NLT), “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”? Do you ever think “What peace of mind?” when you know how many times you’ve failed? Failed your family? Your friends? An exam? And--the one failure that stabs at your heart the most—failed your Lord? Does peace even enter your mind at times like these? Think about some of those mentioned in the Bible who failed—Moses, David, Saul. Yet they are included in the Bible, not so much for their failures as for how God still loved them, how He wanted them to have peace and how He still used them. Moses killed a man yet God chose him to lead His people to the Promised Land. David failed in some of the most serious sins recorded in the Old Testament, yet when He turned back to God, he became an ancestor of Jesus Christ who was often called the "Son of David." Saul persecuted the Jews but repented and became Paul, a missionary who is credited with writing about half of the books in the New Testament. While our story of failure, redemption and peace isn’t recorded in the Bible, it is where others can see it and wonder at the peace we have. They will get a glimpse of who Jesus is in our life. Is there any better witness?