Today’s DIG is the fourth in our mini-series from Sean…..
So we have Peter who denied Jesus three times, yet there was no condemnation out of the Lords’ mouth.
Jesus meets Peter where He is at.
Peter and Jesus were around the fire gazing at the embers, just as Peter had done on the night he betrayed the Lord (three times Peter stated that He did not know Jesus).
Now as memories and guilt and depression took hold of Peter, Jesus gets him to say three times that he loves Him.
Jesus also gives him a commission, which Peter in His way accepts, at least on a carnal level.
Peter, we see later, went on and filled with the Holy Spirit helped develop that early Church.
The Old Testament can be seen as a series of writing regarding snippets of love from us to God but on the whole we see unrequited love.
When Jesus comes and finishes His work on the cross then even carnal love is enough (Hebrews 13:1) to start with.
But as our minds are renewed and our spirit starts to respond to God then this love goes much deeper coming out of our spirit rather than our flesh (1 Corinthians 13), though this love in our flesh is then guided by the Spirit and so things work out much more evenly and balanced rather than based on what we feel.
After all it is the Joy of the Lord that is our strength.
We find it easier to forgive, we rely less on our egos and self-worth based on who we are in the flesh.
Instead we reach the point we can honestly say that it is not us who lives but Christ Jesus within us (Galatians 3:20).
Our focus is based on His righteousness (Galatians 3:21) and not our own and we respond out of His love for us and not our own wants and desires alone (John 14:23).
We learn to have real compassion where we do not just pray for the needy but actually do something about it and we stop making excuses.
We do not hide behind religion and positioning but see all men as equal, we have faith and we have the love of God and work out of that Love (Ephesians 1:15).
Speak this out today…..”Thank you God that you love me so much you want to teach me how to truly love. I am so willing to learn and renew myself so I can shine out and be salt and light for you.
John 21 v 17…..He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep