Jesus replied, “Do what you came for, friend.”
Then the men stepped forward, seized Jesus and arrested him. With that, one of Jesus’ companions reached for his sword, drew it out and struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his ear.
Matthew 26: 50 – 51
History attributes this moment to Peter, it certainly fits what we know of his character. Hot headed, passionate, deeply committed as a friend is it any surprise he lashes out when his closest friend is arrested on charges Peter knew to be untrue? A very human reaction that he should not have done! Why?
For the past 3 years Peter walked with Jesus, soaking in his teaching, seeing how Jesus lived, seeing how Jesus expected his followers to live. Essentially, Peter should have known better. Where was the teaching about revenge or how to treat your enemies?
It is only when in the moment that our reactions show how we truly feel and what our motivations truly are. Peter is a good example that we must always be on our guard to keep God in the moment. If we don’t we may end up doing just what Peter did!
Prayer: Father, you know my heart. You know how I am a walking contradiction between what I want to do and what I do do. Give me strength and self control to show others you are the one I follow.
Action: And breathe…. And breathe again…. When you feel your emotions rising today… And breathe….