Strengthen the Others

 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:31-32 NIV)

Jesus knew that Simon wasn’t as strong as he claimed to be (is it any wonder then why Jesus doesn’t refer to him as Peter, or “rock,” in this instance?). That is why Jesus prayed for him. In answer to that prayer, Simon would bounce back as the rock that he was meant to be, so Jesus encouraged him to strengthen the others. Simon learned once again Who the real source of his strength was.

We’ve all been in Simon’s shoes. We’ve all gone through trying times that have proven our real character. And just like Simon, we’ve been reinstated by the grace of God and asked to help those who have fallen to rise again. Because God can turn our defeat into triumph and our weakness into strength. He never gives up on us and we should never give up on others. So when He strengthens you, don’t forget to strengthen the others.

Published by risingwiththeson

Farah obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree (with a double major in English and Religious Studies) from the University of Toronto, where she also completed her Bachelor of Education (OISE). While she enjoys teaching, writing gives Farah equal pleasure. She began to exercise this passion with the publication of "Rising with the Son," her daily devotional blog. It is designed to help strengthen the faith of her readers in Jesus. Through her writing, it is Farah's wish to inspire others and help them develop a closer relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

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