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Daily Devotion – Monday, March 6, 2017

Monday, March 6
Matthew 26:33-35

 Peter said to him, “Though all become deserters because of you, I will never desert you.”   Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, this very night, before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.”  Peter said to him, “Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And so said all the disciples.

In this passage, Jesus reminds us that His love for us has nothing to do with our goodness or our perfection. We can never earn Jesus’ love, because it was freely given in the first place. Rather than making empty promises to Jesus about what we’re not going to do, perhaps a better conversation with Jesus might include a prayer for a deeper connection with Him all along our Christian journey and prayers of gratitude for His unmerited grace, mercy…and love. During this Lenten season, let not our reflections be focused on the misguided goal of achieving perfection, but on allowing the healing light of God’s love into our lives—most especially in the darkest times, when we fall down or fall short.

Joe Chappel