Monday, March 21, 2011

Day 11

Be Still:  Dear Father, thank you for Jesus’ example of love.  Please help us to love others sacrificially.  In Jesus’ name, through the power of the Holy Spirit, Amen

Be Strengthened:  John 13:1-11
1It was just before the Passover Feast. Jesus knew that the time had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now showed them the full extent of his love.
2The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus. 3Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; 4so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. 5After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.
6He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, "Lord, are you going to wash my feet?"  7Jesus replied, "You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand."  8"No," said Peter, "you shall never wash my feet." Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no part with me."  9"Then, Lord," Simon Peter replied, "not just my feet but my hands and my head as well!"
10Jesus answered, "A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you." 11For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean.

Be Stretched:  Are there things about Jesus and what He is doing in your life that you do not understand?  Peter had spent three years with Jesus, and there were still things that confused and surprised him!  Spend some time talking honestly with our loving Father about things you do not understand.  Then, ask for the Holy Spirit’s help to trust that one day we will understand, if not here, then in Heaven with Him.

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