Its one of those days where I really don’t feel like writing. Already in this early day, early in this week, I feel consumed by the world around me and it’s pressures. It is amazing how the monotony of life can attempt to crush your spirit and suck the joy right out of your life.
Because of that, I felt that maybe I should write about Peter’s three denials in the hours leading up to the activity at the cross, but that felt a little too dramatic. However it is a constant battle to keep ourselves from answering this question
“Aren’t you one of his disciples?”
So then I glanced back into the some of the powerful teaching that Jesus laid out in his last few days on this world in a human body. This is where some serious encouragement is doled out. Check it over in John 15:
1“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you. 8This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
And then he finishes it this way:
17This is my command: Love each other
Really, that’s it! You mean that is all I have to focus on today! Boy that removes some of the stress. Once again he provides peace -I hope it did for you as well.