God’s strong words for you 10.16.19
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
John 3:16 (NASB)
In his early days, the disciple Peter was a ready-fire-aim kind of guy who acted fast and spoke faster. He was a passionate and energetic fellow, but he didn’t always think about his words before he opened his mouth.
All four gospels record Peter promising never to leave Jesus (Matt.26:33, Mark 14:29, Luke 22:33, John 13:37). And they record Peter denying he knew Jesus (Matt. 26:74, Mark 14:72, Luke 22:60, John 18:27).
They also record Jesus commissioning Peter to “feed my sheep.” That’s very trusting of Jesus to ask Peter, who had abandoned his Lord in his darkest hour, to take care of people.
But here’s the really interesting part: Jesus predicted Peter would deny him before the cock crowed. When Peter heard the rooster, was reminded of his conversation with Jesus, and knew he had done exactly what he said he wouldn’t. He wept bitterly over his own act of betrayal.
If the cock crowing in that moment was the reminder to Peter of his sin, how do you think he felt when he woke every morning to the sound of a rooster? (They were everywhere in Israel at that time.) He could have chosen to start each day with self-loathing.
Instead, he chose to walk in the grace that Jesus showed him and became a leader of the early Christian church. Not only that, his letters to first century churches, I Peter and II Peter, use the word grace 10 times in only 8 chapters. Seems like grace was a bit of a running theme for this less than perfect man who served his God with energy and passion.
What about you? Do you start your day telling yourself how awful you are? Are there lies that the enemy has been telling you? That you’ve been telling yourself?
Set aside those lies and start your day with the truth in God’s Word. Jesus loves you so much that he willingly laid down his life for you.
Prayer Point: If that truth is a tough pill for you to swallow, ask God to help you accept his grace.