Have you ever thought about the fact that both Judas and Peter denied Christ? Yet one committed suicide and the other became one of the greatest leaders of the Church, opening the door for the whole world, including Gentiles, to receive the Good News of His kingdom.
What was the difference?
Judas had all the privileges Peter had. He was one of the people that Jesus sent out two-by-two to heal the sick, cast out demons and preach the Good News. But through all his learning and experiences and being tutored by God Himself, he was not honest. There was deception in him. There was duplicity. A pretense of being something that deep inside he was not.
But Peter was different. Even though he was always making all kinds of blunders and doing crazy things, his faith was sincere. There was no deception in him.
I think God is always looking for people like this, who are not necessarily perfect or sure of all the answers but are honest and simple. Peter’s faith may have been weak, but it was sincere, and God could make it strong. That is why Peter made it in the end.
When we feel weighed down by our own struggles and failings, let us fix our eyes on Jesus and continue following after Him. He is waiting to show Himself mighty on our behalf in this generation.
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It reminded us that thru ups and downs, be faithful.