1 thought on “DISCIPLE! Collingwood, February 7 Conference

  1. I really liked the SWIM rceteflion comment Do not give up when you think that you have failed the Lord. Instead, let your sin break you and come back and openly confess that sin and be restored. I’ve been thinking lately how feeble my attempts at doing good or praying have been and how they have not been to bring glory to the Lord, but really to bring some benefit to me. Today’s message comforts me and encourages me to not dwell on the past failures, but allow growing awareness of sin to break my pride and then lay it all at the cross to claim the restoration that Jesus died for. I think this is the message of today’s passage for me. Steve’s observation was insightful for me. It was Peter’s repeated failure that brought him to a place of humility where he was able to trade his pride for Jesus’ mercy and forgiveness. Without his betrayal of Jesus, Peter probably would not have experienced the depth of Christ’s forgiveness and acceptance. It’s interesting that both Peter and Judas betrayed Jesus. Both men felt regret and remorse at their betrayal, yet one man, Peter, was able to repent and receive restoration from Jesus and another, Judas, did not humble himself in front of Jesus and instead chose to die by his own hand. I think that Judas would have received forgiveness if he had humbled himself to ask, but instead he was so consumed with his grief (that kind of self-absorption is another form of pride, I think) that he could not live with himself. To the end Judas was his own master and carried out his own will rather than submit to his teacher and master. This is a lesson to me. No matter how bad it gets, the solution is always to come back to Jesus in humility like the prodigal son. And when I do, He will run to me even before I can get to Him. He’ll have a big ring ready to welcome me with open arms. My moral and ethical shortcomings will be transformed into something beautiful in His hands. I think that there is a lesson here for parents as well. We are always praying for success for our kids. However, sometimes disappointment or failure, especially on a large scale, provides the greatest opportunity for growth and maturity. When those situations happen, I hope that I can remember to come to God in gratitude rather than an attitude of Why me? or Why my kid?

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