When you consider the condition of your relationship with Jesus Christ, you have to ask yourself a very simple question: Do I love Jesus Christ more than anything else?That’s the simple substance that is foundational to the relationship. That’s the question Jesus was asking peter. Jesus led Peter through an experience that would remove the cloud of his denial. Peter had denied Jesus three times. Three times Jesus asked Peter if he loved Him When Peter answered yes, Jesus gave him an instruction. Three times Peter said he did not know the Lord, now three times he said he loved the Lord. No matter how great a person is, he may fall. But God’s grace and forgiveness will restore the repentant.
He asked him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?”Peter was grieved that He asked him the third time, “Do you love Me?” He said, “Lord, You know everything! You know that I love You.” “Feed My sheep,” Jesus said.
God has our best always in mind. To keep us on track. His tone may have to be stronger at times. His Scriptures may have to shout at us during our quiet times. God may even whisper a word of warning to keep us safe on the path He has chosen. Gentle or not , these forms of chastening are not meant to discourage us. We should never grow weary of of listening for God’s instructions.
And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: Hebrews 12:5 KJV
We are saved by faith, that is by a right relationship with God through Jesus Christ. The word redeemed comes from the slave market and means to purchase freedom. That’s exactly what Jesus did for us on the cross. He took the penalty for our sins and bought our freedom. We are no longer bound by the law of sin. In Christ we are free to live a life of faith. We should live our lives, then, in such a way as to honor God for that gift, as free children of God.
But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.” Galatians 3:11 NKJV
Isaiah had a vision, through which the Lord sent forth His word, commanding His people be cleaned and take up the cause of marginalized. Then God reasoned with His people using an argument that might have been flawed. How can that is brilliantly red ever truly become white as snow? The reality of scripture is that God takes our sinful, filthy rags and makes them perfectly clean. This concept can be difficult and hard to move from head to heart, from an intellectual knowledge to a heart belief. But we can be confident of its truth. God longs for us to come to Him, to repent , and to live for Him.
“Come now, and let us reason together, Says the Lord“Though your sins are like scarlet. They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson They shall be as wool. Isaiah 1:18
We mark upcoming events on our calendars because they are significant, and they are worth waiting for. But waiting can also have a negative connotation. Sources say we spend three years of our life waiting on elevators, at red lights, in line, in the doctor’s office, or on hold after being told, “Your estimated wait time is 15 minutes. Most of us will end the call because it’s just not worth the wait. Even the most mature believer needs to be taught by God, we need divine instruction, a teachable spirit, and guidance to follow the right path. And we can approach God with confidence that His guidance is constant and consistent. Waiting is worth it when we are certain we do not wait in vain.
Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; I wait for You all day long. Psalm25:5 HCSB
Many people today are focusing on a self centered lifestyle. A lifestyle that focuses on temporary possessions like wealth, status, power, and greed while ignoring the eternal. We need to consider whether we are spending our currency of time on activity’s that will last or things that are temporary. Watch the nightly news and see that wealth, status, power, and all earthly possessions can be snatched away in an instant. Do you live your life from a temporary view or an eternal perspective? your future depends on it.
And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. 1 John 2:17
Children often act like their parents. The process is so natural, we think nothing of it. In the same way, God plans for His children to act like Jesus. We are daily being transformed into His image. As believers we should act more like Jesus today than yesterday. And tomorrow, even more. Have you ever heard it said that husbands and wives who live together over many years end up looking alike? Whether that’s true or not, it’s indeed the truth that those who live with Jesus over long lifetimes look more like Him. Their character, their spirit, their strengths their intimacy with the Father all attest to the presence of Christ. If we expect to fit in heaven , the process of becoming like Jesus should already be well underway in our lives.
By these He has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may share in the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world because of evil desires. 2 Peter 1:4 HCSB