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Day Five – Despite Our Failure, Jesus Restores Us

Friday, November 7th, 2014

John 21:15-25 (NIV)

15 When they 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.”

16 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.”

17 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. 18 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.” 19 Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, “Follow me!”

20 Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) 21 When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”

22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” 23 Because of this, the rumor spread among the believers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”

24 This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.

25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

Reflection:

Many Christians live with guilt and burden because our eyes look to the world and self-condemnation rather than to Jesus’ love and forgiveness.  However, God reminds us through the story of Peter that He desires to forgive us; and with this, He restores us so that we can move forward and participate in His purposes and plans.  God is relational and longs that this relationship He has with us always be central to our understanding of His love, forgiveness, and restoration.  How great is God’s love and grace that He desires to use us even with our failures!

Spend time proclaiming the truth of God’s mercy and grace in our lives.  He not only forgives us but also restores us.  Ask the Spirit for His guidance and direction as He unfolds His plans and purposes in your life.

Day Four – God Forgives

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Day Three - Blessing of Confessing Our Sins

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

Day Two - Consequences of Sin

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Day One - God’s Unfailing Love and Great Compassion

Monday, November 3rd, 2014