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Do We Heed The Words Of Jesus?

Matthew 26:75

Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times. And he went outside and wept bitterly.

112015 Ray McDonaldHow quickly do we notice when someone wrongs us? How quick are we to point out someone’s sin or someone’s error? How quickly do we seek for things to be made right when we are harmed?

I grew up with rules and regulations. I was a jock – so I played many sports and sports have rules and regulations. There are lines on the court or field to keep us in bounds. There are rules that establish when we have done something wrong and there are prescribed penalties for when we break the rules. There are even umpires – people to arbitrate the rules and be judges.

I grew up with rules and regulations. I am a PK (Preacher’s Kid) so I was a child of the church. There are rules and regulations for children in church – especially for the pastor’s kids. There were places we could play ball and there were places we couldn’t. There were age rules on groups (my friends got into youth group before I could attend) and there were other rules and regulations as well.

It became apparent that some people are quick to point out when someone breaks the rules. We even got upset when someone seemed to get away with breaking the rules. It stuck with some of us I’m sure.

How quickly do we get upset when someone cuts us off while driving? How quickly do we become concerned when someone seems to get something over on us? How quickly do we point out when someone cheats – when they break the rules?

Here’s a better question. How quickly – when we sin – do we remember the words of Jesus? How quickly – when we sin – do we feel the quickening of the Spirit – convicting our spirits of our sin? How quickly – when we sin – do we confess and repent?

What has been your experience? Often – my experience is instantaneous – it seems. Oh – that it would come before my sin – and at times it does – but not always. Oh – that it would come before my sin – and convince me to not sin. How quickly do we turn from sin and turn toward God?

Here’s today’s passage in partial context. Peter was told by God that he would disown Him and yet Peter said he would not. As Jesus was arrested – Peter went through this time of denial. Matthew 26:69–75 – 69 Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said. 70 But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said. 71 Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.” 72 He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!” 73 After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.” 74 Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!” Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.

Do we remember the words of Jesus? When we walk through this journey of life – do the words of our Lord come to our remembrance? Do we remember and heed the words of our Lord – or do we do our own things? How quickly do we listen or do we disobey?

In a world of rules and regulations – do we heed the words of our Lord? Do we read/hear and understand what God would have us do in life? Do we follow the words of Jesus?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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May 12, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , ,

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