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Communion - Are You Guilty?

Communion - Are You Guilty?

When was the last time you really stopped to consider the stern warning found in 1 Corinthians about taking communion in an unworthy manner?  “Therefore whoever Communioneats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.” 1Cor. 11:27

Most of the time when communion is served this passage is read and there is time given for reflection, but what are we reflecting on?  If we are only reflecting on and confessing the sins we committed the night before we may be missing a significant aspect of what Paul is teaching in this passage.  Let’s take a deeper look.

“But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.  For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself, if he does not judge the body rightly.  For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep.  But if we judged ourselves rightly, we should not be judged.” 1 Cor. 11:28-31

It is appropriate and necessary for each of us as individuals to examine ourselves to make sure there isn't sin in our lives.  We must be right before the Lord before we partake in communion.  However, if our focus is only on ourselves then we have failed to rightly judge the body. 

In these verses and in the larger context of chapter eleven the term body is used in two ways.  It is used in reference to the “body” of the Lord Jesus verse 24-27.  It is also used in reference to the church in verses 29-30.  Incorrect fellowship was one of the significant issues that Paul was addressing in the Corinthian church. 

This issue was so bad in the church at Corinth that some believers were literally sick and dying, verse 30, while others were feasting and getting drunk, verse 21.  They failed to acknowledge their relationship and dependence on one another.

Incorrect fellowship is also one of the significant issues in the church today.  As believers, we can quickly make our relationship with Jesus so personal that we neglect those around us.  When this happens believers fail to recognize sins like neglecting the needs of others, unforgiveness, resentment, jealousy and so on.  We also fail to recognize the Lord’s instructions to go to a brother and make things right, Matt. 5:23-24.   Jesus made it clear that the greatest commandments were to love the Lord and love each other.  If we neglect either of these we are guilty and will receive the Lord’s discipline.

Conversely, when we take the time during a communion service to examine ourselves and our relationships with each other powerful things can happen.  We have seen relationships restored, people come back to the Lord and healings take place simply because believers took the time to love the Lord and to love each other.

Are you right with the Body of Christ or are you guilty?

This month’s Ministers training event will be discussing these and other aspects of communion.  Join us for the new event format by Clicking Here.

Chat with you soon,

Pastor Dave Smuin
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Kim Turner on Thursday, 28 August 2014 16:13

Thank you so much for the insight on communion. I remember growing up that the verses in 1 Corinthians 11:27-30 always struck fear in my heart. I always hoped that all was right with me and God so that he would not strike me dead. As I got older, I realized he is a God of grace and mercy, however; you have opened up new understanding for me. It is a community issue as well as a heart issue. A picture of the body of Christ who may not be in community. Perhaps weak and sick could also mean depressed, discouraged, or anxious. There are many emotional weaknesses and illness in which the body of Christ can address if we take care of each other rather than being self-absorbed in our own righteousness.

Thank you so much for the insight on communion. I remember growing up that the verses in 1 Corinthians 11:27-30 always struck fear in my heart. I always hoped that all was right with me and God so that he would not strike me dead. As I got older, I realized he is a God of grace and mercy, however; you have opened up new understanding for me. It is a community issue as well as a heart issue. A picture of the body of Christ who may not be in community. Perhaps weak and sick could also mean depressed, discouraged, or anxious. There are many emotional weaknesses and illness in which the body of Christ can address if we take care of each other rather than being self-absorbed in our own righteousness.
Guest - Debra Pirozzoli on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 17:39

Hi all, I was not available to be with you on the 21st, but wanted to share what it has been like to take communion at home. During joy-filled and trying times, being with my husband and partaking in communion together gives strength, power and conviction to and for our souls. I love the verse 1 Cor 11:28 that talks about examining ones self. Confessing and loving the Lord and each other is a privilege. We have to get back to doing this again. This has been a great reminder.

Power, peace, joy, love, and revelation to all !

Hi all, I was not available to be with you on the 21st, but wanted to share what it has been like to take communion at home. During joy-filled and trying times, being with my husband and partaking in communion together gives strength, power and conviction to and for our souls. I love the verse 1 Cor 11:28 that talks about examining ones self. Confessing and loving the Lord and each other is a privilege. We have to get back to doing this again. This has been a great reminder. Power, peace, joy, love, and revelation to all !
Guest - Martha Michelle Bedoya on Thursday, 21 August 2014 18:58

1 Corinthians 11:24-31
Yes, live for God. Live by God’s commands, a life that glorifies Him, but don’t be so passionate having such a personal relationship only living for Jesus that you forget others need for guidance and support. This is called ‘incorrect fellowship’: neglect and a compromising relationship. There must be a balance. We must seek God’s will also. It is possible to be sinning by totally ignoring someone’s we should be ministering or helping. We might be guilty of others sin like jealousy, unforgiveness, resentment and etc. In addition to His will there is His commandment to love others. Powerful things will happened when we ‘examine’ ourselves during a communion service: forgiveness, healings, hearing from God, and much more. So the question is, are we right with the church body, the people at church? If not we must get right before we take communion lest you want judgment to be brought against you for this grave sin. Key principle: We must examine ourselves and relationships with others.
This concept is also about humility, being humble enough to examine and check yourself. It requires spiritual maturity as well to be able to admit you are wrong. The problem with this day in age is that no one wants to examine themselves. We have been conditioned into thinking that we are the center of the universe. There is a spirit of selfishness, haughtiness, immortality and arrogance especially with the technological innovation of social media. How does the world stand a chance when we are used to ‘selfies’ as the way of life, as the way to feel meaningful and significant. God’s mercy is unfailing and thanks to His grace, there are ways all around us in which He attempts to reach us. Thanks to bold and prayerful pastors, elders, prayer teams, parents, co-workers, and neighbors God is speaking to all us who are trapped in sin and don’t even know it. For this reason, we the people of God, must examine ourselves on Communion Day so that we may be free of sin and establish an awareness of the needs of others.

1 Corinthians 11:24-31 Yes, live for God. Live by God’s commands, a life that glorifies Him, but don’t be so passionate having such a personal relationship only living for Jesus that you forget others need for guidance and support. This is called ‘incorrect fellowship’: neglect and a compromising relationship. There must be a balance. We must seek God’s will also. It is possible to be sinning by totally ignoring someone’s we should be ministering or helping. We might be guilty of others sin like jealousy, unforgiveness, resentment and etc. In addition to His will there is His commandment to love others. Powerful things will happened when we ‘examine’ ourselves during a communion service: forgiveness, healings, hearing from God, and much more. So the question is, are we right with the church body, the people at church? If not we must get right before we take communion lest you want judgment to be brought against you for this grave sin. Key principle: We must examine ourselves and relationships with others. This concept is also about humility, being humble enough to examine and check yourself. It requires spiritual maturity as well to be able to admit you are wrong. The problem with this day in age is that no one wants to examine themselves. We have been conditioned into thinking that we are the center of the universe. There is a spirit of selfishness, haughtiness, immortality and arrogance especially with the technological innovation of social media. How does the world stand a chance when we are used to ‘selfies’ as the way of life, as the way to feel meaningful and significant. God’s mercy is unfailing and thanks to His grace, there are ways all around us in which He attempts to reach us. Thanks to bold and prayerful pastors, elders, prayer teams, parents, co-workers, and neighbors God is speaking to all us who are trapped in sin and don’t even know it. For this reason, we the people of God, must examine ourselves on Communion Day so that we may be free of sin and establish an awareness of the needs of others.
Michael Pagana on Thursday, 21 August 2014 10:56

Great Stuff here Dr. Dave,

I have four little girls ages 4-9. Several times per year my wife and I will sit down with the girls and try to create an intimate communion ceremony with just ourselves and the girls; teaching them what it means to remember the Lord Jesus by breaking bread together and getting honest and intimate with one another.

This one particular evening after we read the verse 1 Cor 11:28-31, “But let a man examine himself...", my oldest two daughters came forward confessing sin that they were both hiding for several weeks. They both lied to my wife and I about a particular issue that occurred weeks prior and were carrying around the weight of that sin without us knowing it.

The Holy Spirit used our little family communion service to convict the hearts of two little girls and restore them with a clean conscience.

I know the power that those verses have had in my own life and now I witnessed it first hand in my little girls. Tremendous testimony of Hebrews 4:12, "For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."

Great post Dr. Dave. I am a big believer practicing a regular celebration of communion. God's Word is alive.
Love what you are doing.

Mike

Great Stuff here Dr. Dave, I have four little girls ages 4-9. Several times per year my wife and I will sit down with the girls and try to create an intimate communion ceremony with just ourselves and the girls; teaching them what it means to remember the Lord Jesus by breaking bread together and getting honest and intimate with one another. This one particular evening after we read the verse 1 Cor 11:28-31, “But let a man examine himself...", my oldest two daughters came forward confessing sin that they were both hiding for several weeks. They both lied to my wife and I about a particular issue that occurred weeks prior and were carrying around the weight of that sin without us knowing it. The Holy Spirit used our little family communion service to convict the hearts of two little girls and restore them with a clean conscience. I know the power that those verses have had in my own life and now I witnessed it first hand in my little girls. Tremendous testimony of Hebrews 4:12, "For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart." Great post Dr. Dave. I am a big believer practicing a regular celebration of communion. God's Word is alive. Love what you are doing. Mike
Pastor Dave Smuin on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 14:43

Lately our body has been considering and repenting of the sin of offense. What an insidious, pervasive sin it is. How easily we judge others. If we truly stop and listen to our own thoughts, or the words that come out of the mouth of other Christians in the body, the amount of criticism we heap on one another, on leadership, on government, is heartbreaking. When were we given permission to do so? And how is it that we have become so blind, and poor and wretched? Lord, give us salve for our eyes that we may see, and open our ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us. We have heaped disdain and derision on your name because we are arrogant and judgmental. Give us discernment and words that bring healing and not shame, both in the body, and in the world at large.

2 Peter 3
8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For,

“Whoever would love life
and see good days
must keep their tongue from evil
and their lips from deceitful speech.
11 They must turn from evil and do good;
they must seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and his ears are attentive to their prayer,
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Lately our body has been considering and repenting of the sin of offense. What an insidious, pervasive sin it is. How easily we judge others. If we truly stop and listen to our own thoughts, or the words that come out of the mouth of other Christians in the body, the amount of criticism we heap on one another, on leadership, on government, is heartbreaking. When were we given permission to do so? And how is it that we have become so blind, and poor and wretched? Lord, give us salve for our eyes that we may see, and open our ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to us. We have heaped disdain and derision on your name because we are arrogant and judgmental. Give us discernment and words that bring healing and not shame, both in the body, and in the world at large. 2 Peter 3 8 Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. 9 Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 10 For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. 11 They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
Guest - Martha Michelle Bedoya on Thursday, 21 August 2014 19:00

Amen.

Amen.
Guest - Lori Bower on Friday, 20 December 2013 03:38

A great lesson on communion. How important it is to commune together-to have right relationship with the body. The part about making communion so personal that we neglect the needs of those around us stood out to me. If I have offended my brother, I need to go and make it right between he and I before I go to God.

A great lesson on communion. How important it is to commune together-to have right relationship with the body. The part about making communion so personal that we neglect the needs of those around us stood out to me. If I have offended my brother, I need to go and make it right between he and I before I go to God.
Guest - Diane Rauma on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 21:31

What I got out of this article is that before I enter into communion with the Lord I need to take a searching and fearless moral inventory of myself and my relationships and examine myself to determine if I owe anyone an amend or if I am harboring resentment or ill feelings towards a fellow man, then I have to go and make that right. I have to examine not just the sins I have committed the day before but ALL of my sins past and present and bring everything to God, admit them, ask Gods for His forgiveness and when I feel I have rid myself of ALL of them then I am ready to enter into communion with Him.
Regarding incorrect fellowship, I know a man who was called into ministry about 7 years ago now. He became so wrapped up in his ministry and His personal relationship with Jesus that his family was neglected and left to fend for themselves. There were those sins of unforgiveness, jelousy, resentment and the like happening. They were on the verge of divorce when I saw this man change and he realized what he was doing and made it right with his family and has found a balance of helping others, and caring for his family. He still loves Jesus fiercely and has a passion for helping others and now understands about being in correct fellowship with others. Theirs is a success story and I know lots of prayer and talking with others is what opened his eyes. I share this with you only because this is my story. We now live by following this template, God first, spouse second, kids third and everything else after that for our marriage. We also practice JOY, Jesus, Others, and then Self for our ministry. This works for us! Yes helping others is essential, but I can't reach out and help others like God commands me to do if I'm not right within myself and most importantly if I'm not right before God. I try to be right and not guilty with the Body of Christ. I don't do it perfectly but I do the best I can. I am so thankful for a loving God who holds me accountable because He loves me.

What I got out of this article is that before I enter into communion with the Lord I need to take a searching and fearless moral inventory of myself and my relationships and examine myself to determine if I owe anyone an amend or if I am harboring resentment or ill feelings towards a fellow man, then I have to go and make that right. I have to examine not just the sins I have committed the day before but ALL of my sins past and present and bring everything to God, admit them, ask Gods for His forgiveness and when I feel I have rid myself of ALL of them then I am ready to enter into communion with Him. Regarding incorrect fellowship, I know a man who was called into ministry about 7 years ago now. He became so wrapped up in his ministry and His personal relationship with Jesus that his family was neglected and left to fend for themselves. There were those sins of unforgiveness, jelousy, resentment and the like happening. They were on the verge of divorce when I saw this man change and he realized what he was doing and made it right with his family and has found a balance of helping others, and caring for his family. He still loves Jesus fiercely and has a passion for helping others and now understands about being in correct fellowship with others. Theirs is a success story and I know lots of prayer and talking with others is what opened his eyes. I share this with you only because this is my story. We now live by following this template, God first, spouse second, kids third and everything else after that for our marriage. We also practice JOY, Jesus, Others, and then Self for our ministry. This works for us! Yes helping others is essential, but I can't reach out and help others like God commands me to do if I'm not right within myself and most importantly if I'm not right before God. I try to be right and not guilty with the Body of Christ. I don't do it perfectly but I do the best I can. I am so thankful for a loving God who holds me accountable because He loves me.
Pastor Dave Smuin on Wednesday, 18 December 2013 19:33

As a follower of Jesus Christ I am compelled to become like Jesus as much as is humanly possible. At the cross Jesus became vulnerable for me, freely gave forgiveness and love, and sacrificed himself. Emulating Him in my reflection and actions before taking communion is a vital part of communion. At the last supper Jesus, "took bread, gave thanks and broke it and gave it to his disciples" (Mark 14:22). He then, "took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, and they all drank from it" (Mark 14:23). Before I participate in the remembrance of His sacrifice I need to also be thankful for what He has done and for the opportunity to act as Jesus did and be vulnerable and broken before the Lord. I need to be forgiving and loving. This is for me and for the body. Thank you Dr. Dave for opening my eyes to communion and helping me move from a self-centered approach to one that brings peace and joins us all together.

As a follower of Jesus Christ I am compelled to become like Jesus as much as is humanly possible. At the cross Jesus became vulnerable for me, freely gave forgiveness and love, and sacrificed himself. Emulating Him in my reflection and actions before taking communion is a vital part of communion. At the last supper Jesus, "took bread, gave thanks and broke it and gave it to his disciples" (Mark 14:22). He then, "took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, and they all drank from it" (Mark 14:23). Before I participate in the remembrance of His sacrifice I need to also be thankful for what He has done and for the opportunity to act as Jesus did and be vulnerable and broken before the Lord. I need to be forgiving and loving. This is for me and for the body. Thank you Dr. Dave for opening my eyes to communion and helping me move from a self-centered approach to one that brings peace and joins us all together.
Pastor Dave Smuin on Thursday, 22 August 2013 18:18

Oswald Chambers in his devotional book My Utmost for His Highest speaks of the believer in Christ becoming the ‘broken bread and poured out wine’ to the people he/she meets each day. Believers by the power of the Holy Spirit working within are called to be the presence of God and to offer His comfort and wisdom to hurting and confused individuals they encounter on their daily journey. How can one be this presence, this bread and wine, unless he/she has first been filled with the Spirit? How can one offer the necessary and healing sustenance of the ‘balm of Gilead’ unless he/she has first fed upon the holy words of Scripture? Believers in Christ are fed at the Communion Table of our Lord. It is before the altar one is called to reflection of his/her relationship to God, to self, and to neighbor. It is at the Table one recommits to the call of God to meet the needs of a broken world. The focus must begin with Jesus; He is the Source of the believer’s empowerment for the work to which he/she has been called. From this Source, Jesus Christ, the believer’s focus must turn outward, engage the call to discipleship, and confront the ‘principalities and powers’ that seek to engulf the world in darkness. The believer should not take lightly the wondrous blessing God has given us at the Communion Table. Communion is a spiritual and holy exercise that demands conscientious responsibility from the worshipper.

Oswald Chambers in his devotional book My Utmost for His Highest speaks of the believer in Christ becoming the ‘broken bread and poured out wine’ to the people he/she meets each day. Believers by the power of the Holy Spirit working within are called to be the presence of God and to offer His comfort and wisdom to hurting and confused individuals they encounter on their daily journey. How can one be this presence, this bread and wine, unless he/she has first been filled with the Spirit? How can one offer the necessary and healing sustenance of the ‘balm of Gilead’ unless he/she has first fed upon the holy words of Scripture? Believers in Christ are fed at the Communion Table of our Lord. It is before the altar one is called to reflection of his/her relationship to God, to self, and to neighbor. It is at the Table one recommits to the call of God to meet the needs of a broken world. The focus must begin with Jesus; He is the Source of the believer’s empowerment for the work to which he/she has been called. From this Source, Jesus Christ, the believer’s focus must turn outward, engage the call to discipleship, and confront the ‘principalities and powers’ that seek to engulf the world in darkness. The believer should not take lightly the wondrous blessing God has given us at the Communion Table. Communion is a spiritual and holy exercise that demands conscientious responsibility from the worshipper.
Pastor Dave Smuin on Monday, 19 August 2013 14:17

There are times when we underestimate the love and grace of God. There also times when we (I) forget to pass it along.

There are times when we underestimate the love and grace of God. There also times when we (I) forget to pass it along.
Pastor Dave Smuin on Sunday, 18 August 2013 20:26

Pastor Dave,

Thanks for you reply to our conference session. I particularly appreciated the insight that you gave regarding God's steadfast love. If Judas would have had no place at the Lord's table, then neither would I. I am a sinner saved by grace. It too believe that God ached until the very last minute, and was heartbroken by Judas's decision to act out his anger and frustrations both with Jesus and then with himself. Peter, all though equally guilty of betrayal (as are we all), chose to amend his ways and took a more positive road. Both were there!

I remember in Roman's, the Apostle Paul, observed that Christ died for us while we were yet sinners, how much more can love be proved? And isn't it true that a description of the Lord was the fact that he ate and crank with sinners? Yet, he would do and give his all not to leave us there!

Praise God from whom all blessing flow!

Pastor Dave, Thanks for you reply to our conference session. I particularly appreciated the insight that you gave regarding God's steadfast love. If Judas would have had no place at the Lord's table, then neither would I. I am a sinner saved by grace. It too believe that God ached until the very last minute, and was heartbroken by Judas's decision to act out his anger and frustrations both with Jesus and then with himself. Peter, all though equally guilty of betrayal (as are we all), chose to amend his ways and took a more positive road. Both were there! I remember in Roman's, the Apostle Paul, observed that Christ died for us while we were yet sinners, how much more can love be proved? And isn't it true that a description of the Lord was the fact that he ate and crank with sinners? Yet, he would do and give his all not to leave us there! Praise God from whom all blessing flow!
Pastor Dave Smuin on Friday, 16 August 2013 14:05

Last night, on the conference call, one of the questions was: "do you have to be ordained to serve communion?" A few years ago, I was holding a bible study in my home for a group of ladies. It was a series that went on once a week for about 12 weeks. During this time, we all became very close and shared stories. At the end of the bible study, after much prayer and fasting, I served communion as a way of ending the bible study. I served the elements in dixie cups and a plate of broken crackers. It was a very sweet and precious time as the ladies poured out their hearts to one another and to the Lord. There was some issues between a couple of the ladies, and that night, forgiveness took place as we took time to examine ourselves. It was a time of reflecting on the blood of Jesus, and what He did for us. We all went away feeling that we had been cleansed, and closer to the Lord.

Last night, on the conference call, one of the questions was: "do you have to be ordained to serve communion?" A few years ago, I was holding a bible study in my home for a group of ladies. It was a series that went on once a week for about 12 weeks. During this time, we all became very close and shared stories. At the end of the bible study, after much prayer and fasting, I served communion as a way of ending the bible study. I served the elements in dixie cups and a plate of broken crackers. It was a very sweet and precious time as the ladies poured out their hearts to one another and to the Lord. There was some issues between a couple of the ladies, and that night, forgiveness took place as we took time to examine ourselves. It was a time of reflecting on the blood of Jesus, and what He did for us. We all went away feeling that we had been cleansed, and closer to the Lord.
Pastor Dave Smuin on Monday, 12 August 2013 15:06

Eye-opening! I have never heard a communion explanation presented in this manner. Your statements about "incorrect fellowship; making our relationship with Jesus so personal that we neglect those around us;" and the resulting outcomes attributed this these behaviors should be printed on the backs of church fans, bulletins; and presented on engraved plaques and hung at the entrance of every church.

Eye-opening! I have never heard a communion explanation presented in this manner. Your statements about "incorrect fellowship; making our relationship with Jesus so personal that we neglect those around us;" and the resulting outcomes attributed this these behaviors should be printed on the backs of church fans, bulletins; and presented on engraved plaques and hung at the entrance of every church.
Guest - Kelly Payne on Saturday, 10 August 2013 04:50

I like to look at Peter, who Satan wanted to sift, at the last supper, Jesus knew he would forsake him 3 times before the rooster crowed. The shame Peter must have felt, how many of us would have thrown in the towel, but Jesus came back resurrected to save us all. He personally saved Peter, he called him by name at the tomb, Mark 16:7 go tell the disciples and Peter, just like he personally saves each one of us when he calls us to follow Him (even if he calls us over and over again), asking Peter 3 times, "Do you Love me?"Feed my sheep John 21:15-19... Follow me. He even refocuses Peters attention to not worry about what will happen to Judas. Peter fully submitted to Jesus he wasn't crippled by his shame Jesus's love heals. Peter went on to do Gods will, even to death.

We will all fall short of the Glory of God, most of us on a daily basis. We can share those trips and falls with our brothers and sisters, and be confident that by faith we are saved. We don't give up. Jesus heals and God in his infinite power can use our strengths and weaknesses for His Glory.
I like to see people be real with each other not pretend to be righteous, but honest with themselves and others, so we can pray for each other the way Jesus prays for us.

I like to look at Peter, who Satan wanted to sift, at the last supper, Jesus knew he would forsake him 3 times before the rooster crowed. The shame Peter must have felt, how many of us would have thrown in the towel, but Jesus came back resurrected to save us all. He personally saved Peter, he called him by name at the tomb, Mark 16:7 go tell the disciples and Peter, just like he personally saves each one of us when he calls us to follow Him (even if he calls us over and over again), asking Peter 3 times, "Do you Love me?"Feed my sheep John 21:15-19... Follow me. He even refocuses Peters attention to not worry about what will happen to Judas. Peter fully submitted to Jesus he wasn't crippled by his shame Jesus's love heals. Peter went on to do Gods will, even to death. We will all fall short of the Glory of God, most of us on a daily basis. We can share those trips and falls with our brothers and sisters, and be confident that by faith we are saved. We don't give up. Jesus heals and God in his infinite power can use our strengths and weaknesses for His Glory. I like to see people be real with each other not pretend to be righteous, but honest with themselves and others, so we can pray for each other the way Jesus prays for us.
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