For even His brothers did not believe in Him. John 7:5 NKJV
Jesus said to Peter, “Get behind me Satan”. Peter was a member of Jesus’ inner circle. He was one of Jesus’ most trusted and devoted disciples. It seemed like Peter was just expressing His faith in Jesus and concern for the Lord.
Peter assumed no harm could or should come to Jesus. In Peter’s expression of disbelief that He would suffer and be killed Jesus saw opposition to His ministry. The disbelief of His earthly brothers was also opposition to Jesus’ ministry.
The people we love have the most potential to inflict harm and heart ache on us. Some of our greatest trials are brought on by people we love. I have even been angry and resentful with people I love. Some of them have been angry and resentful towards me.
I have clearly identified my greatest enemy. I have seen his face in my bathroom mirror!
Establishing healthy boundaries is important. We should be careful who we are yoked together with. Wisdom requires that we limit interaction with people who have a corrupting influence on our lives!
“When a man’s ways please God He makes even His enemies to be at peace with Him.”
If we please God He can cause even our family members to be peaceful with us!
We all sin and fall short of God’s perfection. We are all capable of acting in our own selfish interests. We all give in to the temptation to feed our selfish desires!
In time the Lord’s brothers came to faith in Jesus. Some became leaders in the early church. They wrote some of the books in the bible.
God can transform our family members into people who love and respect us. He is able to bring our unsaved family members to faith in Christ. He can transform them into the image of His Son. Jesus can transform our hearts so that we love and respect others!
God can transform us from stiff necked judgmental people into people who are longsuffering and merciful. He can transform us from people who turn our backs on our brothers and sisters who struggle into people who show the love of God to everyone!
Jesus can do all this and so much more if we trust Him enough to obey Him!
Take the log of sin out of your own eye before you reach for the splinter of error in your brother or sister’s eye!
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