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I Would NEVER…Unless of Course I Would

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I like to think of myself as one who dwells on the mature side of life choices. You know, I would NEVER steal, hate, lie etc. After all, I’ve been a follower of Jesus for some – what – forty years? I remove my hand from the bag of chips. I zip my lips on a snide comment. I muster up the guts to apologize to my husband for the more-than-tacky comment I do let escape. Through this, that and the other kind of mess, I’ve learned to scoot over and make room for what Jesus wants.

Yup – that’s me. I would NEVER…unless of course I would. Same for Peter who swore his loyalty to Jesus one night in a garden: “Even if I have to die with you, I will NEVER disown you.” (And by the way, all the other disciples said the same in Matthew 26:35.) Later that very night – in the wee hours where nothing good happens – Peter’s “I would NEVER” becomes his “…unless of course I would.” Peter denied Christ. Not once. Not twice. Three times. I can remember my first jaw-dropping pass in this text in Matthew 26:69-75.What? Such a lack of self-censorship! What weenie faith! What fear. In the very guy who Jesus said would be the rock of his church. Loser. Then flipping to John 21:15-25 where Jesus “restores” Peter, I’m stunned that somehow Jesus still thinks him leader-worthy. Even today, I go to the text expecting Jesus to wag his finger and pronounce Peter a screw up. Instead, Jesus invites Peter to believe that Jesus loves him – not once, not twice, but three times – and to demonstrate that Peter believes this by loving Jesus back.

In recent years, I’ve come to recognize – and embrace – the very real presence of my own “…unless of course I would” soul holes. I’m broken. I mess up. I sin. Even And every time, Jesus invites me to believe that he loves me – and to demonstrate my belief in who he is and what he says by loving him back.after walking with Jesus for nearly a lifetime. Over and over again. ————- FullFill is a FREE online resource that mobilizes to women recognize, utilize, maximize and mobilize their influence for God’s kingdom purposes. Under the leadership of its Publisher, Elisa Morgan, FullFill offers a digital magazine with embedded video training – perfect for personal reflection and small and large group training. You’ll enjoy articles on leadership development, spiritual formation and everyday influence from a wide array of leaders and authors. Unapologetically feminine. Uniquely influential. Refreshingly biblical. FullFill. Check it out and enter your email address to receive your own Weekly ReFill each week at www.fullfill.org or text REFILL to 22828 and live out your influence. It’s FREE.

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Elisa Morgan is one of today's most sought-after authors, speakers and leaders. For twenty years, Elisa Morgan served as CEO of MOPS International and now serves as President Emerita. Elisa is the President of Mission: Momentum (www.missmo.org) and the Publisher of FullFill™, a FREE digital magazine for women of all ages, stages and callings. Contact Elisa at www.elisamorgan.com.