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Easter Hearts, Week 4, Day 7

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JOHN 21:15-19

Three-fold denial. Now three-fold call and command. I never knew him. Feed my sheep, Peter! We will all fail as followers. We will all get it wrong as pastors and leaders. But God is not finished with us when we fail. He does not toss us aside, and move on—he finds us, forgives us, and calls us forward.


He also reminds us our failures usually happen when we act in self-reliance and get out ahead of him. In this encounter, Jesus asks, in the Greek, “do you love me unconditionally, Peter?” Peter replies, “I love you as my dearest friend,” admitting that he’s failed at the unconditional part. This is repeated two more times to emphasize that even though our love for God and others is inadequate, often conditional and always insufficient, his love for us is enough! He can use, bless, and grow imperfect followers. Peter will die, as Jesus hints, as a brave martyr and not a denier.


How do you handle failure?


Does your way of dealing with it reflect your faith?



Who can God use?


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Easter Hearts, Week 4, Day 6

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JOHN 21:11-14 

Table fellowship connects with acceptance in the Middle East. An invitation to eat together is an invitation to relationship and friendship. Jesus got into trouble, you may recall, for “eating with sinners,” a reference to his friendship with outsiders. In the great story of Luke 15, the prodigal younger son is thrown a public meal to guarantee his safety. All who come and eat with him, despite his breaking of the fifth command against dishonoring his parents, will have accepted him back into the community. Jesus brings the bread, prepares the fire, and cooks the fish to welcome his betraying friends back into full friendship. Trying to ignore or pass over our failures allows guilt to lodge within and grow.


Have you ever put your reputation on the line to connect with another person?


Have you ever helped someone overcome mistakes?




What do meals mean in your family?


What should they mean?


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