Theme: THE DANGER OF SELF CONDEMNATION
The disciples of Jesus wrote themselves off. They nearly excluded themselves from eternal life because of their jealousy.
Jesus loves us all. He loved all His disciples so much. But they thought He had something very special for John. Because of that they made themselves unworthy of God’s promise of love and longevity.
The question was about who will betray Jesus. Peter jumped from that to John the beloved thereby unconsciously expressing that the betrayal of Christ meant nothing to him. He only cared about inquiring into what Jesus had in stall for John. Because He and the other disciples have long harboured some unhealthy feelings towards John, they immediately landed themselves into a rash conclusion based on the following statement of Christ concerning John: “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?”
It is very dangerous to feel unloved. It leads to misunderstanding. When love is lacking every gesture is misinterpreted. When the devil sows the seed of hatred and greed it makes one think he is not useful.
Dear child of God, the Lord loves you. Flee from entertaining spiritual low self-esteem. Embrace the blessings of God for you. Appreciate what the Lord is doing in your life and where He is taking you to.
“Follow me “ was the instruction He gave to Peter. When you follow Christ, you will no longer be distracted by the blessings of others. You will look within and see the many opportunities around you. You will see the numerous possibilities and seeds of great achievements you possess. You will be open to the Holy Spirit for a beautiful future and eternal life ahead. Having God will be all that gives you joy. You will no longer condemn yourself when God has blessed you.
LET US PRAY
Thank You Jesus for today. Help us to look within us and appreciate what you’re doing in our lives and where you’re taking us to. Help us to keep following you and never feel defeated, cheated or condemned. May we be happy with You and with one another here on earth and in heaven for ever. Amen
God bless your Saturday (Easter, Week 7)
Rev Fr Julian O Ekeh