We’ve all been there. The battle raging within the thoughts. Ought to I? Shouldn’t I? What wouldn’t it damage? I’m undecided I can say “no.” How can I say “no”?
Peter did one thing he thought he would by no means do.
He denied the Lord.
Within the warmth of the temptation, he informed others he by no means knew Christ. He by no means knew the Man who selected him, beloved him, taught him, and carried out miracles for him.
He knew now that his love was weak.
He knew now how succesful he was of failing the Lord.
Right here Jesus was, sitting at a meal with him. Risen from the useless.
Right here Peter was, consuming with the Man he denied. The Man who forgave him, nonetheless beloved him, and wished to make use of him, when Peter thought he’d be content material fishing once more.
Jesus requested him a query. 3 times.
“Do you’re keen on me?” (John 21:17)
Possibly that query sat behind the look in Jesus eyes the final time Peter denied Him. He denied the Lord thrice, and Jesus turned and glued his eyes on Peter.
Behind these eyes, was He asking Peter the query, “Do you’re keen on me”?
Jesus requested it now—now that Peter knew Jesus had energy over loss of life, over the powers of hell. He requested Peter about his love, now that he was forgiven and never forsaken.
If Peter had heard Jesus phrases, “Do you’re keen on me?” the second he was tempted to disclaim the Lord, would temptation have misplaced its energy?
“You recognize that I like you,” Peter informed Jesus.
However Peter let that love crumble into hiding when confronted with temptation. When requested if he knew Jesus, he even lied to himself. His denial shouted a lie—the lie that he didn’t love Jesus.
Will we love Him?
Temptation will inform.
Temptations will lose their energy after we maintain ourselves within the love of Christ (Jude 21).
By Bethany Hayes
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