None of us ever want to fall from grace.
I may earnestly seek the favor of God, but I especially hope for the favor and respect of all who know me.
Pride suggests that I can be sinless and successful in every endeavor, and that others can, too. It also insists that I be appreciated for my good efforts 100% of the time. This can only end one way, and always does – with great suffering, humility, and soul trouble.
I am not perfect, and neither am I successful at everything I put my hands to. There are not enough minutes in the day for you to fill my craving for esteem. As surely as the next wave comes to shore, so I will regularly fall from the good graces of man: I’ll never live up to your expectations for me, and you will never live up to mine.
Here’s more truth: I will sorely disappoint you, and be disappointed by you. I will disappoint myself to the point of despair. This is good news.
Who can straighten what he has made crooked? (Nehemiah)
But, my Heavenly Father draws straight lines with crooked sticks. We do not disappoint him. He expects nothing of me but to trust him, and to thank him. A child of God can’t fall from his grace – she can only fall into it.
Our Father, through Jesus, has started a good work in you and yours. Do we trust him in the fray, in the heat, in the dark, on the uphill? He is faithfully working all things in this life (even our trouble) for the good of all those he loves.
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. (Romans)