Simon son of John, do you love me?
Many a sermon has hammered Peter for his failures. He sank like a rock when fear trumped faith in his water-walking fiasco. He denied friendship with Jesus three times during the Caiaphas trial.
Flip side. He was the only disciple that had enough faith to get out of the boat. The only disciple that drew his sword in Gethsemane, ready to take on the whole murderous mob that came to arrest Jesus. The only disciple that stayed close enough to Jesus following his arrest to be accused of being his friend. His fidelity far surpassed his failures.
Distressed by your weakness? That’s a strength. God’s eye is on your faithfulness, not your failures.
Failure is not in falling,
but in failing to get up after falling.