Friday. April 8th, 2022
Love . . . Keeps no record of wrongs.
— 1 Corinthians 13:5 —
“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
— Luke 22:31-32 —
Bible Reading • Luke 22:54-62
Peter Disowns Jesus
“Then seizing him, they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest. Peter followed at a distance. And when some there had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter sat down with them. A servant girl saw him seated there in the firelight. She looked closely at him and said, “This man was with him.” But he denied it. “Woman, I don’t know him,” he said. A little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.” “Man, I am not!” Peter replied. About an hour later another asserted, “Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean.” Peter replied, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.”
Challenge 🤔 Questions
Is there someone in your life you need to forgive and extend the invitation of reconciliation?
- During this Lenten season I have been gently reminded that just knowing and reading God’s Word is not enough. Practicing some of the things in the Bible is not enough. I must apply them to my life daily. God’s expectations of my life are not perfect, He knows what I’ve done and what I will do and His love for me does not change. In the Bible reading for today, we read about Peter denying Jesus. In fact, Jesus knew Peter would deny Him, He told Peter he would deny Him. Did any of these things change how Jesus loved Peter? Absolutely not! Jesus knowing, washed Peter’s feet at the Passover meal and Jesus prayed for Peter while He prayed in Gethsemane.
- I have accepted apologies and given apologies for wrong doings against me and committed by me, I have prayed about these things and the thing I haven’t done is to forget them. They are not meant to be carried around and used like credit cards when they might be convenient for us to mention in defense of something or on purpose for sympathetic reasons. God’s word tells us this, “No longer will they teach their neighbor, or say to one another, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the Lord . “For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” Jeremiah 31:34
What would loving them like Jesus look like?
- To love with no memory or convenient mentioning of past wrongs, this is to love like Jesus. “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16
- “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32
What can you do to move towards forgiveness?
- I will pray for the Holy Spirit’s guidance, I will pray to God for forgiveness and I will keep the words and teachings of Jesus close to my heart. Forgiveness is so much more than saying the words. Forgiveness is freedom from the weight of carrying such a burden of remembering wrongs, and it is wiping the slate clean for those involved. Love one another as Christ loves us, allows us to free ourselves of sins heavy burden and shame. Rejoice in Lord always! “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4:4-7
- A Pray from David. “Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit is no deceit. When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord.” And you forgave the guilt of my sin. Therefore let all the faithful pray to you while you may be found; surely the rising of the mighty waters will not reach them. You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you. Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him. Rejoice in the Lord and be glad, you righteous; sing, all you who are upright in heart!” Psalm 32:1-11
Loving and merciful God, help me to love like you. Thank you Jesus for living a life for me to learn from. Open my heart and mind to hear and learn from you, Lord. Help me to forgive as you forgive. Help me to love others as you love me. In Jesus Precious Name ~ Amen
📕 • Further Study • 📕
John 18:15-18,25-27 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=John%2018:15-18,25-27&version=NIV
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