Posts Tagged ‘peter denies Jesus

16
Nov
10

“God I Promise . . .”

John 13: 36-38

Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus answered him, “where I am going you cannot follow me now, but you will follow afterward.” Peter said to him, “Lord, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the rooster will not crow till you have denied me three times.

I’m not sure if you guys fall into this, but I find myself often attempting to make promises or bargains with God, when even I doubt I will
follow through on them. I know this is silly intellectually but don’t get to see it this blatantly illustrated. I think in this case Peter really did believe he would lay down his life for Christ but a mix of fear in the moment and reliance upon self got the better of him that very night. This should be a call to humility but also exciting in that God still used Peter in such incredible ways to start the church. God’s love and use for us is not dependent upon our batting percentage when he he sends us opportunities and through our failures he teaches us new things, and even pure motives in self-reliance can lead to embarrassing sinful situations. With finals approaching and holding value based measurements I think it’s important to remember we’re not here to make promises to God or earn things for God, but rather live life in dependance on him seeking to make the most of the opportunities we’re given.

– Mitchell

 

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25
Oct
10

Cursing and swearing

Matt. 26:74 – Peter loved his Lord and followed Him after He was taken at Gethsemane.  Peter was anxious to see what would be done with Jesus.  But when he was accused of being one of His disciples, fear for his own safety led him to declare that he did not know Jesus.  A second time they questioned him and a second time he denied His Lord.  The third time that he was asked, Peter went to great lengths to convince his accusers that he was not a follower of Christ.  He did this with cursing and swearing.  The disciples were noted for the purity of their language.  Being fishermen, I’m sure this was quite the change from their previous habits or from the practice of other fishermen.  So, in order to give his accusers overwhelming evidence, Peter denied the charge the third time with cursing and swearing so that they would know that he was not a follower of God.

The story made me wonder, how often do we curse and swear when we are upset or offended?  Even worse, we thoughtlessly use curse words during casual conversations with our friends!!!  When we use such words are we alerting others that we are followers of Christ? Are we drawing the hearer’s mind to our love for our Savior? Or are we, by those words, inadvertently denying our Lord and portraying to the world that we don’t know Him?  In order to be “Metal Men” and to be known as “Metal Men,” we should “keep our tongues from evil” and guard the words that we say, because, unlike Peter at that point in his life, we are unashamed of being associated with Christ.




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