Read Matthew 16.21-23
But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.” (Matthew 16:23)
HERO TO ZERO IN NOTHIN’ FLAT
In my younger days, I was known as the life of the party and could be pretty funny. But inevitably, I would get on a roll and then resort to something off color or make a lame comment and ruin the whole atmosphere. That’s kind of what Peter did. He was doing pretty good, having identified Jesus correctly and Jesus praised and affirmed him. (Matthew 16.17-19) Then, just as he was feeling like he was in the groove, he rebuked Jesus. Big mistake! Now mister smarty-pants was put on the same level as the Devil. Whoa! Here’s a good proverb that reminds us to be careful when we get “on a roll.” “When there are many words, transgression is unavoidable, But he who restrains his lips is wise.” (Proverbs 10:19)
Have you ever experienced this? How can you guard your lips?
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