Blunderers Can Bounce Back ( 1)Peter
Life has its twists and turns. Edwin Stanton “twisted the knife”, calling Abraham Lincoln, “a long-armed creature”. How disparaging! But the President was presidential. With deep love and insight, he forgave. With amazing cords of love, Lincoln drew Stanton close. He repaid evil with good
So doing Stanton was disarmed, his heart warmed and was won.
The fiend was turned into a friend and made a Stirling contribution to the administration of Lincoln.
He was at his bedside all night when he lay dying, and whispered through tears as he passed to the other side: “Now he belongs to the ages.”
Through the fall of Adam, we all fell out of love with God. We were all born with the sinful nature of rebellion and disobedience. We became estranged, alienated from God. We became enemies. Adam was driven out of the garden. He lost fellowship with God. We were born in sin and therefore enemies of God.
But we thank God, who in His boundless love and mercy hatch another plan to redeem us and make us friends again. This was made possible when Jesus left His majesty in Glory and came down to earth to die for us. The sinless became sin that we might become the righteousness of God.
This was why Jesus told His disciples,
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.”
“Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.”
Jesus did not come to make us Christians but disciples. A disciple is an imitator of Christ. We are to follow His example and delight in and do the Word of God.
“Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.”
On the cross, He prayed for those who were torturing and crucifying Him, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Luke23:34
Has anyone disparaged, disdained you like Stanton did Lincoln. Take a leaf from Lincoln. Forgive and see beyond the ill. See them through the eyes of God. Pray,” Father, forgive them. For they know not what they do. Peter wrote, “love will cover a multitude of sins.” 1Pet4:8
Paul wrote, “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” Romans 12:21
“Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice:”
“And be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”
Jesus taught His taught his disciples to pray,
“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”
When the mob seized Stephen because of his devotion to God and began to stone him as he preached, Stephen prayed for them before he died, Father, lay not this sin to their charge.” Acts7:60 How magnanimous!
This is the example we should follow.
Peter was one of the three disciples who were closest to Jesus. But he denied Jesus three times when it mattered most. And when this prophecy was fulfilled, Peter who had earlier bragged that he would never disown Jesus, wept bitterly. He was so disappointed that soon after the crucifixion, he went fishing, abandoning any hope to minister. He taught it was game over for him..
Let us pray:
Father, I thank you for reconciling me to yourself. I was once an enemy but you forgave me when I came to Christ. You made the enemy a friend.
I forgive those who have hurt me. I refuse to take it personally. I forgive them as you forgave me.
I shall repay evil with good. And I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
6 being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;Phil1:6
Isa53:1, Rom8: 28, 31, 32, 37-39, Ps139:1-4,14-17, Matt28:20,Isa46:10, Isa49:14-16,Deut32:10,Ps17:8, Esther4, Eph1:4, Ps8:4, Jer31:3, Ps103:4,11-12, 1Pet5:7,1Pet2:4
I will restore you to health and heal your wounds. I am with you, within you, all around you-continually at work in your life. When your awareness of Me grows dim, My Presence continues to shine brightly upon you. This Light has immense healing Power. So dare to ask great things of Me, remembering who I am. I am able to do exceedingly abundantly above all you ask or think. Pondering My limitless ability to help you will strengthen your faith and encourage you to pray boldly. Praying in My Name-with perseverance-can accomplish great things. Learn from the parable of the persistent widow, who refused to give up. She kept bringing her petition to a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. Eventually, her persistence wore him down, and he gave her what she sought. How much more will I respond to My children who cry out to Me day and night! Though you may have to wait a long time, do not give up. For everyone who asks and keeps on asking receives; he who seeks and keeps on seeking finds.. But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds, declares the Lord, because you are called an outcast, Zion for whom no one cares. -Jeremiah 30:17 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. -Ephesians 3:20 nkjv Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” -Luke 18:1-8 For everyone who asks and keeps on asking receives; and he who seeks and keeps on seeking finds; and to him who knocks and keeps on knocking, the door shall be opened. -Luke 11:10 amp JESUS TODAY
by Sarah Young
God is Full of Surprises
“Orpah kissed her mother-in-law; but Ruth clave unto her.”-Ruth 1:14
What bitter pill have you tasted today that is beclouding your vision? Put your hope in God. Trust Him. Keep your eyes on Him. Make up your mind to follow Him to the end, no matter what. He is full of surprises. Those who put their trust in Him will never be put to shame. He brings water out of the rock, makes rivers in the desert. Look unto Jesus, the Author and finisher of your faith and He will bring you into your promised land.