August 25 Running to the Father

Scripture reading: John 21:15–19

Key verse: John 13:38

Jesus answered him, “Will you lay down your life for My sake? Most assuredly, I say to you, the rooster shall not crow till you have denied Me three times.”

Peter spoke passionately to Jesus, “Lord, why can I not follow You now? I will lay down my life for Your sake”(John 13:37). The Lord’s response left His disciple feeling grief stricken and out of control: “Will you lay down your life for My sake? Most assuredly, I say to you, the rooster shall not crow till you have denied Me three times” (John 13:38).

We know the story well: Peter ended up denying Jesus, not once but three times. It was the pinnacle of temptation: tempting you to deny Christ as your Lord and intimate Friend. Although nothing can keep you from the saving love of God, not even the vilest sin, entertaining thoughts of temptation certainly quenches His Spirit.

Turn a few pages farther in the book of John, and discover the goodness of God’s mercy. The risen Lord was talking to Peter, and He made a point of encouraging and reinstating His wayward disciple (John 21:15–18). This is what Jesus does for you whenever you yield to temptation.

After Peter denied Christ, he remained with the others. He did not leave the stronghold of his spiritual environment. He was there in the Upper Room when Jesus appeared.

When you sin, do not run away from God. Instead, run toward Him. Seek His forgiveness and restoration. Accept His love and the fact that He has paid the price for your sins.

I run to You, Father. Forgive me. Restore me. Thank You for paying the price for my sins.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 248). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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