As amazing as it sounds when we gave our lives to Jesus, we were given a new nature. That's a genuine divine nature, but we need to remain humble so that "in all things He may have the preeminence." We would be wise to stay away from philosophical questions and simply focus on God's amazing grace whereby He has "qualified us." All we need to do is believe His word.
Life provides no shortage of opportunities for us to feel anxiety. But the Holy Bible provides many scriptures that can guide us in overcoming that, allowing us to believe in a real reason for peace. Our God is an almighty Father who loves us, and knows exactly what we need.
There are many standards in life which must be adhered to in order for society to function for the benefit of everyone. But who sets the standards and who enforces the rules? How this is implemented determines the outcome. However, God's ways are higher than ours and that results in our falling short in our own efforts. It's not that we shouldn't try, it's that Jesus Christ paid for our failures and supplies the power to press forward. Let's focus our attention on His grace toward us so we can express it in love towards others.
Thank God we don’t only get one shot. It we screw up or fall or fail, it is not over. There is only one way to fail as a Christian, and that is to stay down. But much like a boxer, if you get back up, the fight goes on. However, staying down is what the enemy wants you to do. But you are victorious in Christ and the only way you lose is if you don’t get up.
We are tempted when the enemy frames the thing that we are tempted by in an extremely attractive light. He makes it look like the best thing one could imagine. However, if we succumb, we are overcome with feelings of guilt and shame. Or we deal with serious repercussions. The very thing that was “supposed” to make us happy ends up destroying us. But don't worry. God provides a way out every time.
John relates some more post-resurrection information in this last chapter. Jesus is still serving his disciples in Galilee where he instructed them to wait. Making good use of the time, Peter and 6 other disciples go fishing but catch nothing. Obeying Jesus' instructions (while not realizing it's Him) they catch plenty. After they, eat Jesus restores Peter asking 3 times ". . . do you love me . . .? After this a rumor started that John wouldn't see death but Jesus simply wants us to be his followers and be personally responsible to him.
Last week, Jesus made an appearance to Mary, and we know from the other gospels, before the events we will study today, Jesus walked with a pair of disciples on the road to Emmaus (although, they didn’t realize it was Him until the very end of their journey). Even though the ladies told them they had seen angels, and even spoken to Jesus, they didn’t know what to do next. They were still afraid of the Jews. So today we find them hiding behind locked doors when Jesus makes an appearance to them all.