One Single Act
Then Peter remembered… Matthew 16:69-73 Sometimes, memory convicts us. It takes us back to places we don’t always want to go. Yet at the same time it can serve to keep us honest with ourselves and humble with our words. Early in Jesus ministry, he predicted that from Peter,”on this rock” Christ’s church would be built. The fact that the latter prediction by Jesus concerning Peter came true before the earlier one leaves me wondering if the reality of Peter’s own words of contradiction, is perhaps what brought him to tears and reminds me to never say never. Jesus however, already knew that Peter’s denial wasn’t the end. By God’s grace, one single act ever is. Remembering is a gift and a tool, which helps us live out God’s grace. No doubt, when Peter stopped crying, he dusted himself off and remembered that according to God’s plan he still had work to do. Even in our calling we are capable of falling, but know that out of divine calling God has already lifted us up.
The problem with memory is that it can be so selective if we allow it to be. We get stuck in one particular memory and that is all we remember. But our memories truly encompass a lifetime of experience and if we are remembering the bad only we ought to put that in perspective by forcing ourselves to remember some of the good.
Amen to that! I’ve gotten stuck. I remember that it’s no fun and kept me from moving forward. Thank you once again. Peace and Blessings
Me too. I want to focus on those memories which propel with grace into the future.