Apostle Grace Lubega
Matthew 16:21-23(KJV); From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day. Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
Peter loved the Christ. He genuinely and whole heartedly loved the Master.
It was Peter who vehemently rebuked Christ when He spoke about His death. This was not out of mere zeal, he loved Him too much to accept His death.
It was Peter who boldly promised Christ that he would die with Him. Peter cut off the ear of a man who tried to arrest His Lord and Master. Peter truly loved Jesus.
However, Peter loved Christ in his own understanding and not in the revelation of God on how and what love is.
For this reason, even when Peter attempted to express his great love in our theme scripture, the Lord sternly rebuked him and called him the very devil.
He did not want His Lord to die but His Lord called him the devil for this very heartfelt sentiment!
It is possible to love outside the great arena of DIVINE PURPOSE and that kind of love is not love in the revelation of God.
When you strip Peter’s sentiment down to its bones, you will realise that Peter loved Christ too much that he tried to prevent Him from dying for the redemption of the sons of the world.
What he thought was love was actually him setting himself directly against divine purpose and the will of God for humanity.
God wants you to love Him in His revelation of love. He does not want you to love Him in your mind and by how you feel.
Love is only made perfect through the eyes of DIVINE PURPOSE.Hallelujah!
FURTHER STUDY: 1 John 4:8, Philippians 1:9-10
Love is only made perfect through the eyes of divine purpose.
PRAYER: Father God, I thank you for this Word. I am a love creature, begotten by the very person of love. I understand the dictates of divine purpose and they shape my view of love. In this knowledge, I walk in the perfect will of the father. In Jesus’ name. Amen.