Good Old Simon Peter

After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.  Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?  Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.  Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet.  Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.  Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and head.

John 13:5-9

Simon Peter was famous for sticking his foot in his mouth.  Some of us are the same way.  Some people (Simon Peter included) just seem to have trouble with their mouths.  They just say stupid things.  To a certain extent, that applies to all of us.  We all occasionally say stupid things.  And when we do, we need to react in the right way, as Peter did here.

Jesus was washing the disciples’ feet.  When He came to Peter, Peter said “Thou shalt never wash my feet.”  That was a stupid thing to say.  Jesus told Him, “If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.”  That shook Peter up a little and he quickly reversed his course: “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.

We might say that Peter got into a lot of trouble, but he was also good at realizing when he had made a mistake.  He was good at immediately changing his mind to line up with the mind of Jesus.  That is the mark of a wise man.  How are we when we mess up?  Do we immediately admit our wrong and get back in line with Jesus or do we stubbornly insist on continuing down our own way?  In this matter, we should be a little more like old Peter.

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Rodney Tripcony on August 14, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    thank you for this devotion. In the past, I’ve failed miserably in this area.

    Reply

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