Loyalty And Betrayal

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betrayalNow Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard, and a servant-girl came to him and said, “You too were with Jesus the Galilean.” But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you are talking about.”
When he had gone out to the gateway, another servant-girl saw him and *said to those who were there, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” And again he denied it with an oath, “I do not know the man.”
A little later the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Surely you too are one of them; for even the way you talk gives you away.” Then he began to curse and swear, “I do not know the man!” Matthew 26:69-74

Peter wanted to show his loyalty to Jesus, but just couldn’t get it right. He pulled the sword in the garden at the moment of betrayal, but that wasn’t God’s plan. He followed from a distance. Where were the other disciples? And in a terrible moment of weakness, he disavowed His Lord. I don’t think there are many who would condemn Peter, because we know our own moments of weakness. I am so glad for the restoration moment that would occur on the seashore after Jesus’ resurrection. That affirmation and the indwelling Spirit of God, propelled Peter as the leader of the early movement and church.

What opportunities exist for me to show my loyalty to Jesus? What weaknesses do I need guard in my life?

God, this will be another day with great purpose. I need Your wisdom to manage the time today. With deadlines approaching, would You help my co-workers to gel together and accomplish great things? Let our loyalty to You draw us close to each other.

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