Yaconelli: loving the unlovely
Again he denied it.
After a little while, those standing near said to Peter, “Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.”
He began to call down curses on himself, and he swore to them, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about.”
Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept.
—Mark 14:70-72 (NIV)
We can talk about love all we want, but loving those who are unlovely is how we learn about love. Jesus gave Peter some excellent teaching about betrayal and arrogance, but Peter didn’t understand what Jesus was talking about until he actually betrayed Jesus. Peter’s failure was the primary cause of his understanding and maturity.
... Mike Yaconelli (1942-2003), Messy Spirituality , Zondervan, 2007, p. 91 (see the book)
See also Mark 14:29-30,66-72; Pr. 12:19; Matt. 5:43-47; 26:33-34,69-75; Luke 22:33-34,55-62; John 13:37-38; 18:15-18,25-27
Quiet time reflection:
Lord, You have forgiven my many betrayals.
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