April 4, 2022

Lenten Devotion : Amazing Grace

Dorinda Amissah (ddamissah) offers today’s devotion.

 

John 13:37-38

Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.”38 Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!

In his devotion to Jesus, Peter proudly pledged his allegiance to Him. He was willing to go all out for Jesus. Such zeal! That was his desire. That was his goal. Like many, we start with a dedication and passion for going all out for Christ, but when the storms of life hit, the realities of life (i.e., being criticized, embarrassed, labeled as an outcast, or severe punishments.) set in, we tend to waver. It’s interesting to note how Jesus responded to Peter; with empathy. Jesus knew Peter was going to betray Him three times that day. And yet He did not disown him. Instead, He prayed for him and later made him the chief disciple after he rose from the dead. That’s how deep Jesus’ love is. He never gives up on you. He knows your frailties and knows your potential. He chooses to look beyond what you do to focus on what you can become through Him. Mercy and grace! You may have made some wrong turns, but He hasn’t given up on you. Don’t give up on yourself either. Peter went from being a betrayer to a chief disciple. That’s what Jesus can do with you and for others. Are you struggling with the choices you have made? Are you struggling to love someone?

As we go through Lent, remember Peter’s story and give yourself grace. Jesus’ love knows no bounds. What about the person you are struggling to love? See them through the eyes of Jesus. Remember, we are all work in progress!

Let this song be your prayer today:

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