Just a quick thought on grace. Reading in Matthew 26 in my devos today and Jesus tells them the will all fall away, and of course as we know, Peter says "not me! I'll die before I leave you!" Of course he's wrong. Peter's confidence is misplaced. Jesus reinterates that Peter will not only fall away, but more than the other disciples, will verbally deny Jesus three times before morning. imagine being Peter right now. You are Jesus' closest earthly friend. And you're told that you will fall away. You reassure him that you are faithful. And then you're told you're falling will be worse than the rest.
Isn't that us? Does it not seem that every time we become more determined to be "good Christians" that these are the moments we fall the hardest? Of course they are. That used to terribly frustrate me. Reading that today though showed me something beautiful. Those failures are the grace of God. If through grit and Will-power(pardon the pun), I could become the person God desires me to be, my boast would be in myself.
But that doesn't work. Praise God. I, like Peter, love to boast in my loyalty. It usually results in failure. Praise be to God that he is faithful, and his grace is there to sustain. Especially in my failings.