Easy to say …

Then Jesus said to them, ‘You will all become deserters because of me this night; for it is written,
“I will strike the shepherd,
and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.”
But after I am raised up, I will go ahead of you to Galilee.’ Peter said to him, ‘Though all become deserters because of you, I will never desert you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Truly I tell you, this very night, before the cock crows, you will deny me three times.’ Peter said to him, ‘Even though I must die with you, I will not deny you.’ And so said all the disciples.
(Matthew 26.31-35)

Be careful what you say; your words will find you out. Peter was full of good intentions but as Jesus will say to them all ‘the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.’ (Matthew 26.41) It seemed to apply to Peter more than the others. ‘I will not deny you’. Sometimes it takes a while for our words and our promises and our lack of sincerity to find us out. It would all come home to roost this evening for Peter – before the cock would crow.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable to you,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

(Psalm 19.14)

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