Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So, they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over. Matthew 26: 14-16
We read about Judas and cringe at the thought of His betrayal, but neglect to admit we too disobey. We forget to trust the One who saves and lose sight of how to honor Him with our love. We allow ourselves to walk in the wrong direction and compromise what’s right. And we forget how it feels to be humbled by Jesus.
“Judas had flaws and we need to learn from them.” We mustn’t turn our backs or excuse what's leading us away from the Father. We must work hard to honor the One who created us to love Him with ALL of our hearts. And we mustn’t point a finger at those who sin, because none of us are without it.
As we pray to do God's will, He will help us find peace in His presence. He will provide courage to discover the need for mercy and grace. He will show how to examine our lives and recognize why we need Him. And He will restore us with the love of forgiveness.
God will help us overcome our weakness. We must surrender in truth, trust in His power to save and remain grounded in His guiding of our days. “Our souls are worth more than thirty pieces of whatever Satan is trying to sell.”
Dear God, thank you for hope that is found in Jesus, sweet Jesus! Help us not forget His loving sacrifice for each one of us. We will humble our hearts for YOU and recognize the need for forgiveness. We will find peace in the power of Your amazing grace, as You restore our hearts and lead us back where we belong. Thank you, Lord! Thank you. Please forgive our sin and help us find peace to remember why YOU are the One who saves. Thank you for loving us through weakness. We are so grateful for Your mercy and love. Amen