The Chastening Eyes of Jesus
The Lord . . . looked at Peter.Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, "Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times." -Luke 22:61, emphasis added
In Luke 22:54-62, God gives us the account of when Peter saw the sad and chastening eyes of Jesus because he was living in his own strength. Peter first walked with the sinners, then he stood with them, and finally he sat with them around the fire. It was a progression-the more Peter sat with those who were a part of Jesus' condemnation, the farther away he was getting from Christ. God tells us: Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful (Psalms 1:1, emphasis added).
That is one of the reasons why Peter fell into this situation that the Lord had warned him about: But Peter said, "Man, I do not know what you are saying!" Immediately, while he was still speaking, the rooster crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord. . . . So Peter went out and wept bitterly (Luke 22:60-62, emphasis added).
Sometimes the eyes of Jesus are not just the eyes that are giving compassion, comfort, and confidence; they must also be chastening eyes. With His chastening eyes, He looks at us when we give in to our sins.
The laser-like eyes of Jesus are continually inspecting and refining our lives. If we give in to temptations, we will receive the chastening look of sadness as Jesus looks on us and says, "Oh, My child, I warned you to not do that!"
Make a choice to live in hope: Sometimes you will need to look up in your sin and see those grieved eyes of Jesus. When you do, remember that He always offers a way out; He always offers a way through; and He always offers you victory. I exhort you to choose His victory today by making the following promise to Him:
- When troubled-I will look up for Jesus' loving eyes of compassion. I will remember Hagar's experience of His compassionate eyes! (Genesis 16:1-13)
- When tempted-I will look up for Jesus' purifying eyes of consecration. I will remember Joseph's experience of His purifying eyes when tempted! (Genesis 39:1-9)
- When watched-I will look up for Jesus' refining eyes like laser beams. I will remember the Israelites' experience of His refining eyes as He led them through the Red Sea and in the wilderness! (Exodus 14 Exodus 16-Exodus 17)
- When lonelyor afraid-I will look up for Jesus' comforting eyes of confidence. I will remember David's experience of His ever-present eyes of comfort when feeling alone and afraid! (Psalms 139)
- When scrutinized-I will look up for Jesus' caring eyes of concern. I will remember the woman at the well and her experience of Jesus' caring eyes as He revealed the secrets of her past! (John 4:1-26)
- When sinking in despair-I will look up for Jesus' calming eyes of rescue. I will remember the disciples' experience of His calm rescuing eyes when sinking! (Matthew 14:22-33)
- When sinning-I will look up for Jesus' chastening eyes of sadness and come back to Him. I will remember Peter's experience and Christ's sad eyes of chastening when living in my own strength! (Luke 22:54-62)
I encourage you to make a choice even today to live in hope by experiencing the eyes of Christ-the amazing eyes of God! If Jesus has touched your heart in a special way this week, you can affirm your promise to Him by offering a prayer of renewed dedication of your love for Him!
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