March 14, 2020
Word of the day: 31 “No!” Peter declared emphatically. “Even if I have to die with you, I will never deny you!” And all the others vowed the same. Mark 14:31 NLT
No! Peter declared emphatically. Please take a moment and think about why he said this with a strong reaction. Jesus predicted Peter denying him on another occasion. You can find Jesus’ predictions in Luke 22:31 and John 13:36-38. The definition of emphatic is; as showing or giving emphasis, expressing something forcibly and clearly. Why would you represent a statement so strong? There are a lot of reasons for it, but in this case, Peter already felt the tension when Jesus predicted the denials. If you say you follow Jesus, but then you fall back into temptation or fall into addiction, you have been trying to get away from, kind of get you to think if you are following Jesus. It is one thing to say that you are, but it is another thing to do the complete opposite of what Jesus wants when we are following him. Please take some time to think about your behavior. Are you telling others you are following Jesus, but your actions show something different? Examine it in prayer, meditation, and see the truth for yourself.
Father, thank you for today. Thank you for our fellowship. I pray for wisdom as we take time to examine our motives. Some are maybe telling others that they are following you but don’t show it with their attitude and heart. I am asking for our incentives to have an examination with prayer and meditation. Thank you for your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen!