SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2019
This week's message: "LIFE OF PETER: BREADCRUMBS OF GRACE (Part 2)"
[John 21:15-19]: "When the disciples had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.”
This indicates the Lord's continued compassion and confidence in Peter. Peter solemnly appealed to Christ, as knowing all things, even the secrets of his heart. It is well when our falls and mistakes make us more humble and watchful.
Jesus will be there in the midst of your storm. He is ready when you experience your trials and struggles. Follow Jesus one step at a time; and don't be distracted by comparisons with others. Those are stumbling blocks for what Jesus has planned for your life. He sees you at your full potential, regardless of your struggles and failures. The good news is you will receive grace... every step along the way. He has a vision for your life, and will be patient with you. HE IS READY WHEN YOU ARE.
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