Daily Scripture Reading: John 21:7 KJV
John 21:7 KJV
(7) Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher’s coat unto him, (for he was naked,) and did cast himself into the sea.
Today’s Devotional Is LOVE’S REVELATIONS!
LOVE WILL see most quickly. James, who was full of practical wisdom, was there; Thomas, who doubted but later believed; Peter who wanted to die alongside Him but was denied; and all the rest. But it was John, whom Jesus loved and who became the Apostle of love, that first recognized the Master. The intuitives of love are just as quick as they are sure. Prophecies will fail, tongues will cease, and knowledge will disappear. These things won’t help us as much in the final hour. Love is not a failure, and those who love will see the most quickly and most definitely the most satisfyingly.
We believe it is Love that unites us. Jesus is just as eager to be there with Him, wherever He is, as we are for getting there. After a long journey, do you not think that the friend who comes to the landing-stage to welcome you is more eager to see the water narrow from miles to furlongs, furlongs, yards to yards? Are you sure Peter thought the water was cold when he plunged into it? Or that he would ruin his fisherman’s coat? When we finally see Jesus, will the river chill be forgotten?
We will all be able to recognize and assist each other in that fair morning. Jesus loved the disciple Peter and said to him, “It’s the Lord.” He gave Peter the preference. John, surely, would have been forgiven by all the rest if he had immediately jumped into the sea to meet Jesus! No! But no!
This is probably the Heavenly etiquette! Sometimes we think that there will be so many people there that it will make it impossible for us to reach the Lord. The greatest saints will always come from the most humble and kindhearted. They will go to the outer ranks where others may be required to stand and say “Come, take mine place!” Peter will hear John say, “It’s the Lord.”
PRAYER for Today
Give me, O God, I ask Thee, the spirit and power of Thy Love so that I can be more eager to give than to take, more eager to understand others than to be understood, more considerate of others, and less self-conscious. AMEN.