Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
So every one who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven; but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.
(Matthew 10:32-33 (RSV))
Have you ever been in a situation in which you were with people that did not believe in Jesus? Perhaps you even found yourself in a situation that had you among people who ridiculed and mocked those who profess a faith in Jesus.
What did you do?
Did you give in to peer pressure and go along with the crowd of people you were with or did you stand firm in your faith?
Perhaps I am asking far too many questions, but I think that we have all found ourselves in situations similar to what I describe. It isn’t easy to always do the right thing. Sometimes it makes you feel awkward. Not doing the right thing makes you feel ashamed. Denial makes you feel ashamed.
Just what is denial?
According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, one definition of denial is the refusal to admit the truth or reality.
Perhaps the best way to look at this is by realizing that even though we profess a faith in Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, we are not perfect. We will still sin. We can repent. We can turn away from our moments of denial and ask for forgiveness. We need to strive to avoid these moments of denial, but we can rest assured that if we earnestly repent, then we will not be denied.
Jesus was once asked by someone how many times that they should forgive someone when they are sinned against.
Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
(Matthew 18:22 (NIV))
If Jesus instructs us to do this, do you think that He would do any less if we are sincere in our request?