A few months ago, I was grumbling about some people. I mean they were really aggravating me! I was thinking things like, “I thought they were anointed! Why are they acting like that?” Well, the Lord let that go on for a little while and then He got my attention. It seemed that “out of nowhere” I started thinking about a passage in the last chapter of John.
By this time, Jesus has died and has been resurrected from the dead. Peter decided to go fishing and a few of the other disciples decided to go as well. Later, Jesus shows up on the shore and John realizes that it was Him. Peter jumps into the water and swims to shore and the others come to the shore in the boat. They have a meal together and Jesus begins to talk to Peter. He asks him, “Do you love me?” three times. Previously, Peter had denied Him three times. Peter answers Jesus, “Yes” each of the three times. Then Jesus talks to Peter about the end of his life. John 21:20-23 says,
“Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, ‘Lord, who is the one who betrays You?’ Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, ‘But Lord, what about this man?’ Jesus said to him, ‘If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.’ Then this saying went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but,’“If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?” (NKJV)
Well like I said earlier, the Lord had my attention! I am not supposed to allow other people’s actions to move me out of love. I mean, come on, He entrusted me with a ministry and said to call it Faith Through Love Ministries! Faith works through love. He was telling me, “Steve, what is that to you. You follow Me.” And to be transparent with you, he has had to remind me a few times since then.
Let us not allow the actions of other people to move us out of love. Thank God we do not have to do this in our own strength. The same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead dwells in us! (Romans 8:11) If we will yield to the Holy Spirit in us, He will assist us in staying in love with people. Yeah, even those that you are thinking about right now!
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