The Best Intentions

August 17, 2018

Mark 14:29-31… Peter said to Him, “Even though they all fall away, I will not.” Jesus said to Him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” But Peter said emphatically, “If I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And they all said the same.

            Good intentions…? How often do we defend ourselves with those words?

“I didn’t do the right thing but I fully intended to. I had good intentions.” Intentions are sort of confusing. If you have good intentions, do it. Express those intentions. Talking about intentions is like talking about love. “I know I didn’t help you when you asked, but I really do love you.” Right!?... For God so loved, He gave.  His love was more than talk; He gave His Son.

            I have no doubt that Peter intended to not deny Jesus. In fact, he probably thought that was a bit stupid. Of course he wouldn’t deny Jesus; He was the Son of God. He had the best of intentions but he did exactly what he promised he wouldn’t. That reminds of a dilemma that we humans often find ourselves in. Or, maybe I am speaking only to myself… Has any one of you ever said to God, “I will never do that again.” ? And then at some time in the future you had to admit, “I know I said I would never do that again, but…” I know the famous movie line, “Love means never having to say, ‘’I’m sorry.” I assume that is not true because I have said, “I’m sorry” often to God. And I love Him… or at least I think I do. Peter loved Jesus but he denied Him.

            This writing makes me ask a question, “Have I ever denied Jesus?” Have you? We would probably all say, “I never intended to.” Do we, like Peter, have the best intentions? That excuse hides a lot of mistakes. Don’t’ hide there. When you fail, admit it, seek forgiveness and move on.

If you fail once, shame on ________. If you do it again, shame on you.

“And they all said the same.” Good intentions stir people up but as the scripture had prophesied, “I will strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter.” Jesus died alone; His loyal disciples were gone. They all agreed that they would not deny Him, but none stayed by Him in His time of anguish.

            Guard your lips. Be careful little mouth what you say. Speak God’s word.