courage and compromise


November 2015 (29)Mark 14:27-31

27 Then Jesus said to them, “You will all be led to sin; because it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’[1] 28 But after my resurrection, I will go before you to Galilee.” 29 Peter said to him, “Even if all are led to sin, I will not.” 30 Jesus said to him, “I guarantee you, this day, this very night, before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.” 31 But he said repeatedly, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And all of them spoke likewise.

courage and compromise

It took courage to proclaim that Jesus was the Christ when both Rome and Jerusalem were against him. It was compromise to suggest that Jesus could follow his Father’s will without going to the cross. Both character traits were demonstrated by Peter. Both possibilities are inside us as well.

Is it true that you cannot understand it when people take the wrong road? I understand it. I’m right there with Peter, boldly proclaiming my loyalty one moment, denying him the next. I need a Saviour. I found one. His name is Jesus, and he can do many things. But the one thing he does not do is compromise.

LORD, lead my friends to you, because it is you they need.

[1] Zechariah 13:7.

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