10/13/23 From the Same Mouth

READING: Matthew 16-19

It was a good day for Simon Peter. He had an understanding of who Jesus was, even though he may not have had a complete understanding. What he knew in response to Jesus’ question, “Who do you say that I am?” was that Jesus is “the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (Matt 16:16). What Jesus knew in turn is that Simon Peter didn’t figure that out on his own; rather, the Father in heaven had given him that truth. How I long for all my words to be words that honor the Father! 

But, things changed. 

When Jesus spoke about His coming death, Peter quickly pushed back. Indeed, He rebuked Jesus, the One he had declared the Son of God. Jesus in turn responded in a way significantly differently than his previous encounter with the disciple: “Get behind me, Satan!” (Matt 16:23). In fact, Jesus said Peter was a hindrance to Him because of his wrong focus. This day was not at all good for Peter. 

Today, I’m reminded that almost in the same conversation, from the same mouth, come words from God and words from the devil. I will be more cautious with my words today. 

PERSONAL REFLECTION: Do your words reflect more the Spirit of Christ or the work of the enemy?                    

PRAYER: “God, help me to guard my words today.” 

MONDAY’S READING: Matthew 20-23

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