Wednesday Word 10.10.2018

John 13:34-38 New International Version 

34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” 36 Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.” 37 Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” 38 Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!

This is sometimes hard for us to understand how Peter could deny the Master he loved. We cannot presume to comprehend the depth of the fear and confusion the Disciples must have felt.  We cannot presume to understand the tyranny under which the Jewish people had struggled. We must not underestimate the guilt he suffered.

What about you and me?  I am ashamed to realize that my actions are no different than Peter’s were.  There are times that I realize I turn my back on the Savior who suffered and died for me.  I don’t mean to do it.  In that moment, I am scarcely aware that my choice is just plain bad.  Like Peter, I have every intention of following him to the very end. But, then…I fall painfully short. It is in that moment of self-awareness that I am most overwhelmed by grace.  That is when I am reminded that God’s love is truly beyond amazing. 

Think of the biggest mistake you ever made.  Think of the worst thing you said or did today.  Amazingly enough, you are still loved.  If God can love us that much, then we should be able to muster a little patience with each other.  If we can be forgiven for our sins, can’t we extend a little compassion and understanding for each other?  “Love one another.” Jesus didn’t say ignore each other. Tolerate each other. Jesus said we were to love each other the way he loves us.  That is the least we can do to show our gratitude…something to pray about.

Your sister in Christ, Vicki

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