Tuesday 9 October, 2018

Matthew 26:31-35

31 Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: “‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ 32 But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” 33 Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.” 34 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” 35 But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same.

Isn’t it good that God knows everything (EVERYTHING) about us. He knows our strengths and our weaknesses. Is that a good thing? Maybe there are some things in my life I would rather God didn’t know. Jesus knew all about Peter – good and bad – and yet he did not hold his failings against Him. Peter was full of bravado, but I wonder how he felt when he realised not only had he let Jesus down, but that Jesus knew what he had done. I think that sometimes we are much harder on ourselves than God is on us. Peter’s confidence in himself is a contrast to Jesus’ confidence in God. He knew his disciples would be afraid, but he was also confident of seeing them again. None of us like to have our flaws exposed, but they do not stop God loving us. I am encouraged that the disciples’ weakness did not ruin the plan of God. God loves and forgives. Our own failings will not stop the work of God. It is God who holds my past, my present and my future.

Thank you Jesus for all you have done for me. Thank you for your eternal love. Thank you for your forgiveness. Help me to trust you with my future. Amen

Written by Christine Knight

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