You see in order to serve the ones we “Truly Love” you know the ones that are rude and ugly. Those that are failing and lost in their way. For us to have a servants heart and serve the ones we dislike with the same love and eagerness as the ones our hearts belong to we need to have PATIENCE. Patience is the one thing I swore I would never pray for. You see I prayed for it once I believe and now I have 3 daughters. Being the only man in the house will teach you patience for sure
Jesus our Lord and savior gives us this example in the life of Peter. Peter a fisherman who is vial, loud mouthed, arrogant, and probably a bully in his own right. I am sure he was dirty and smelt pretty bad as well. At least I know how I smell after I have been fishing all day. More than likely as history tells us he was probably in massive debt, and could have been on the way to prison. Then the Messiah shows up and in Luke 22:32-34
32 But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And you, when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”33 “Lord,” he told him, “I’m ready to go with you both to prison and to death.”34 “I tell you, Peter,” he said, “the rooster will not crow today until you deny three times that you know me.”
So Jesus warns him that Peter will fail him. Jesus at this point has breathed life into Peter. Jesus has spent 3 years with Peter everyday and every night. Peter has seen the Son of God walk on water, he has seen miracle after miracle. The apostle John tells us in 21:15 And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which, if every one of them were written down, I suppose not even the world itself could contain the books that would be written. So Peter is witness to all of this and yet Jesus our Lord tells him that he will fail him, and not just fail him but straight up deny him.
Picture this Jesus is standing on the wall overlooking a crowd of people, and he is bloody and bruised. He has been beaten, spit on, mocked, and demoralized. He has been lied about, and stands before a crowd begging for him to be killed. As Pilate is washing his hands of this horrible act the people of Jerusalem are screaming CRUCIFY HIM!! CRUCIFY HIM!! And Jesus looks out into the crowd and makes eye contact with Peter. This happens to be the same time Peter is denying to a little girl that he even knows Jesus. A little girl? How can we hide the truth from a little girl? How can fear of truth grip us that bad?
How often are we hurt and broken by ones that claim to love us? How often our ugly words spoken, how often are we left alone? Why does it seem like when we need someone the most that very moment is when they fail us the most. But just as Jesus had patience with Peter we are to as well with the ones around us. Not just are inner circle but the ones on the edge of the our outer circle as well.
After Peter denies who Christ is, Jesus himself earlier spoke to Peter and said “Upon this rock I will build my church” Matthew 16:18
Why? Knowing that he would deny him, knowing that he would leave him to suffer alone. Knowing that he would hurt him and spit on him. Knowing the pain he would suffer. Jesus saw Peter for what he would be not for who he was. Again Jesus was looking at Peter and seeing the embattled glorified Peter. Jesus was looking at Peter and seeing the one that was crucified upside down. Jesus was seeing the Peter that the Holy Spirit used to bring 3,000 people to Christ after Pentecost. Our Lord Jesus sees Peter as the one He created him to be, not the one the world has turned him into.
What we have to do is see them for who God has created them to be, and not the ones that this world has turned them into. We are all broken, and beaten, and spit on. Every one of us comes into a relationship with bagged. We have to look past the pain, the ugly mess this world has turned them into and see the person that God wants them to be. Yes that does take patience and sometimes a whole lot of patience. Some of us need more patience then others, and sometimes we have to show that patience to others more than we need. But how do we show that patience, how can we show the same patience as Jesus Christ showed with Peter?
He shows us that on the Cross.. FORGIVENESS