This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: Romans 5:8 (ESV)
Today I am thinking about how God’s love endures all of our stuff.
Recently, I was talking about the desire to earn God’s favor and how I might need to work hard to get back into His graces. Although, I soon realize that I’m trying to earn something that I already have. I have also realized that His grace applies even in the midst of major life blunders.
When I turn to the Scriptures, I look specifically at Matthew Chapter 16. In verse 13 of the chapter, Jesus asks the disciples – “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”
“Well,” they replied, “Some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.”
But then Jesus asked them again, “But who do you say I am?”
Peter replied first in Matthew 16:16 – “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Then Jesus turned to Peter and told him, “You are blessed…because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being.” Matthew 16:17
My initial thought is why God would reveal this to Peter, who He knew in advance would later deny Him? God could have chosen any one of those disciples and yet He chose Peter.
That is such a good lesson for me. Sometimes I can be so hard on myself. I can tell myself, “If I’m disappointed in me, God must be doubly disappointed in me.” But the key is that His grace and love are sufficient to endure it all.
The Words that I use to teach me are, “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 (ESV)
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So today, let the fact that God’s love endures all inspire us to be more loving to each other, and to ourselves.