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Topic: Day and Night (07/10/14)

By Jason Barnett


Judas and Peter were both disciples of Jesus, following Him through thick and thin. Yet as they sat at the table with Christ, Judas had already accepted money to betray Jesus into the hands of the chief priests and scribes, and Peter was blinded by his pride, refusing to heed the warning given to him. Both would fail Jesus miserably, but each of them would respond in a different way, showing us the right and wrong way to deal with failure in our Christian walk.

After the excitement of gaining thirty pieces of silver wore off, Judas came to his senses and realized the horrible mistake he had made. In an attempt to rectify his error, Judas goes to the chief priests to give back the money. When that did not work, the guilt of his sin was so unbearable that Judas could not live with himself. If only Judas had thrown himself at the feet of Jesus, he could have experienced Christís love, mercy, and forgiveness.

Peter had told Jesus that no matter what trials would face them, he would stand by the Saviorís side even if it cost his life. But when the time of suffering came, Peter did his best to blend in with the crowd. When people began to ask if he had been with Jesus, Peter denied using strong curse words in an effort to further distance himself from the man he swore he would stand by until the end. However, as the rooster made its calls, Peter realized the error of his ways. After Christ rose from the dead, Peter humbled himself before Jesus again. Out of Peterís fully surrendered heart, Jesus would use Peter to build His church.

Many of us today have failed trying to follow Christ, and those who have not will most likely find themselves in a similar situation down the road. In those moments it is important to remember that Jesus loves us, and that His grace is sufficient for all our sins. The magnitude of our mistake cannot out match the power of His blood. The pains of failure can be replaced with the warmth of peace and the brightness of joy, all we have to do is humble ourselves before Jesus. By surrendering our hearts, we allow Christ to grow something beautiful from the ashes of our past.

Lamentations 3:19-24 (MSG) Iíll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness, the taste of the ashes, the poison Iíve swallowed. I remember it allóoh, how well I rememberóthe feeling of hitting the bottom. But thereís one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope: Godís loyal love couldnít have run out, his merciful love couldnít have dried up. Theyíre created new every morning. How great your faithfulness! Iím sticking with God (I say it over and over). Heís all Iíve got left.

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Lollie Hofer 07/17/14
Great devotional. It seemed a little week in hitting the topic for the week but it still was an encouragement to me and I enjoyed reading it.
Lollie Hofer 07/17/14
week - should have been weak.
Jody Day 07/17/14
Powerful devotional. Good job:)
Joyce Krznaric07/18/14
I thought this was actually a great comparison of facing failure with responses as different as day and night: Judas chose suicide, Peter repentance. It's a good reminder that even our worst failures can be forgiven if we fall at the feet of our merciful God.
Larry Whittington07/19/14
Yes, when we fall to sin the only way to rise is to rise in repentance and follow the Lord's command even for us. "Go and sin no more".

Well written reminder for us all.
C D Swanson 07/21/14
Beautiful inspiring devotional.

God bless~
Robert Douglas Brown07/24/14
very well written article that kept my total interest from the first word to the last. You write excellent articles! Keep up the good work indeed!