“Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.” And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.” Matthew 14:22-32
I love how LOVE lifted Peter. I love how the wind ceased but not until THEY got into the boat.
Jesus whole entire language is Love. It is who He is. And yes, He did correct Peter in love, and notice that after He pointed out Peter’s error, He did not reject him for it, He joined Him in the boat! “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” 1 John 4:8
Whether you are at the end of your rope or the beginning, cry out to God for understanding of His love for you today. Don’t be afraid of His correction. If you are in error, don’t be afraid of rejection, let Him speak truth to you and then watch Him get in your boat. God’s correction is not rejection…He gets what no one else gets and He gets you. It is my desperate cry that we comprehend His love. This is my prayer daily for myself, my family, and for you my friends…
“For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height– to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Eph 3:14-21
Now Jesus, I receive Your free gift of Love. I did nothing to deserve it, it is free and I long to be filled with all the fullness of God. I change the song to sing to You the anthem of my heart,
You lifted me. You lifted me. When nothing else could help, you lifted me. You lifted me. You lifted me. When nothing else could help, you lifted me.
Thank you for lifting me. Thank you for being in the boat with me. Help me be rooted and grounded in your love. I want to comprehend it. I want You to teach me. I have let the world teach me… I want You to teach me and I open my heart. I open it wide to You and ask You to fill me with Divine understanding. I want more than just relief from my fears, I know You died to give me more… Help my roots grow deep in Jesus Mighty Name!! Amen
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