Ginrich's Devotional Blog

August 31, 2018

Denying

Mark 14:31 31 But Peter insisted emphatically, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the others said the same. (NIV)

A lot has been said and written about Peter, his bold statements of loyalty and his denying even knowing Jesus 3 times.  But little has been written or said about the other disciples.  It says here they all agreed with Peter as to their loyalty unto death in support of Jesus.  Yet, though they didn’t speak their denial with words, they spoke loudly by their fleeing from the scene of His arrest and not following to support Him.  We can’t point fingers at either Peter or the others.  There are times every one of us have kept silent or walked away from testifying to the Lordship of Jesus.  Most of us prefer to evade any possibility of conflict.  We don’t want others to not like us.  We don’t want others to think we’re closed-minded.  We lack boldness.  When we care more about what others think about us than we care what God thinks, we are denying God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit.  When we allow unloving words to escape our mouths, we are denying our God.  Instead of pointing fingers at others, we must acknowledge our own lack of standing firm and bold, confess it to God, accept His forgiveness and ask the Holy Spirit to strengthen us and give us wisdom in how to stand firm and bold in a loving way.

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