Luke 22:31-32 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.”
Even the strongest believers can get weary in the time of testing. People you thought you could depend on can let you down. You have to keep in mind their humanity and their fragility.
Peter was one of Jesus’ strongest disciples. It was Peter who first realized fully who Jesus was and gave his profession of faith that Jesus was the Messiah. Jesus said, “blessed are you Peter, for flesh and blood did not reveal this too you…on your profession of faith I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it!”
Then a few years later Jesus warns his strongest disciple that Satan had asked permission to sift the disciples and that Peter would falter. Peter?! The one Jesus called the “Rock” of the group. What do you do when the one person you thought you could depend on let’s you down?
- Be mature enough to know that even the strongest people get weak.
- Satan will try his best to divide people who are close. He knows that a house divided against itself cannot stand. He will try to divide the house but we must resolve to stay together.
- Pray for them not to lose their faith when tested. Even the strongest of your inner circle will get weak. Don’t take it personal! Pray that God will strengthen them so they can return back to where they are needed.
- Restore them when they turn back. After Jesus rose from the dead he can back to restore Peter to his purpose. We all fall short but thank God for grace.
After you get back up go strengthen those that are still weak. Faith may falter but it will not fail!
I thank you that you didn’t give up on us when we thought about giving up on you. You are an amazing God that loves us even when we really don’t deserve it. Help us to extend that same grace to people that let us down in tough times. When you sift our inner circle help us to recognize the real from the fake. Sometimes good things fall to the ground and are worth picking up. Thanks for picking me up!
In Jesus name,
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