15
Sep
14

We’re Not As Good As We Think

Despite our protestations, we still fall short and sin.  We’re idealists, really.  We want to believe the best about ourselves.  Simon Peter thought that he could stand up under the weight of temptation and testing.  He told Jesus that he would go anywhere with Jesus – even prison and death!  Jesus knew better.  He knew Peter better than Peter even knew himself.  This is why Jesus provided for forgiveness and restoration before Peter ever sinned.  He said to Peter in verse 32:

And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.​ – Luke 22:32b (NIV)​

​Jesus knew that Peter would fail Him.  He also knew that Peter would return to Him and be restored.
Jesus knows us better than we know ourselves.  He knows we struggle with temptations and sins.  He know that we fall short and miss the mark.  His desire is not for punishment and wrath.  His desire is for forgiveness and restoration.  The Bible says that it was while were still in our sins that Jesus died for us.  He came to seek and to save lost people.  Lost people like us.  Our sins can be forgiven and we can turn back and when we do, our experiences and struggles can be used to strengthen others.  Will you turn back?  He’s waiting for you to do just that.​

Luke 22:31-34 (NIV)

31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”

33 But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.”

34 Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.”

 

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