By Linda Tancs

Failure is perceived as a dirty word. The dictionary defines it as, among other things, a lack of success or adequacy. We use expressions like “failure is not an option.” Failure breeds a “fear of failure,” “paralysis by analysis” and other behaviors. Psychologists respond with advice that we should permit ourselves to fail.

Spiritually speaking, there are many instances where failure should be pursued vigorously. Fail to gossip, slander or judge (James 4:11). Fail to be envious (Galatians 5:26). Fail to be arrogant (Proverbs 8:13). Fail to be vengeful (Luke 6:27-28). Now those are the kinds of failures you can learn to live with.

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