Lord Immanuel Institute Foundation Incorporated
Formerly Lobo International Institute Foundation Incorporated
J.P. Rizal St., Poblacion, Lobo, Batangas

www.lordimmanuel.com

0977 - 805 - 7959 / (043) 403 - 3476

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Philippians 4:13 

Resolutions

So, when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?" -John 21:15

Jesus has a wonderful way of restoring us when we fail Him! He does not criticize us. He does not ask us to make a resolution to try harder. Rather, He takes us aside and asks us to reaffirm our love for Him.

    Peter miserably failed his Lord when he fled with the other disciples from the Garden of Getsemane. Later, he publicly denied that he even knew Jesus. Peter must have wondered if he had been capable of being Jesus' disciple when he was unfaithful to Jesus in is most crucial hour.

    As you begin a new year, you may be painfully aware that you have failed your Lord in many ways. Perhaps you were not faithful. Perhaps you disobeyed His word to you. Perhaps you denied Him the way you lived. Jesus will take you aside, as He did Peter. He will not berate you. He will not humiliate you. He will ask you to examine your love for Him. He asked Peter, "Do you love Me?" If your answer, like Peter's, is "Yes, Lord," He will reaffirm His love for you. If you truly love Him, you will obey Him (John 14:15). Jesus does not need your resolutions, your recommitments, or your promises to try harder this year. If your resolve to obey God last year did not help you to be faithful, it will not make you successful this year. Jesus asks for your love. If you truly love Him, your service for Him in the new year will be of the quality that He desires.