JOHN 13:36-38 “Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, where are You going?” Jesus answered him, “Where I am going you cannot follow Me now, but you shall follow Me afterward.” Peter said to Him, “Lord, why can I not follow You now? I will lay down my life for Your sake.” Jesus answered him, “Will you lay down your life for My sake? Most assuredly, I say to you, the rooster shall not crow till you have denied Me three times.” (ESV)
Simon Peter was a clear example of one who boasted in his love for Jesus. These verses give the characteristics of one who boasts in his/her own love for God from the life of Peter.
- Even our best effort is not enough – Peter had genuine love for Jesus and he was surely not faking it when he boasted about what he would do for the Lord. But, even Peter’s best wasn’t good enough. No matter how genuine or good our efforts towards God is or how sincere we might be of our boasting about how much we love God, it is still not enough, it will fall short.
- Denial to rest in the Lord – When Jesus said that they cannot follow Him now where He was going but would follow Him later Peter found it hard to accept what Jesus said and shot out the question “why can’t I follow?” When we boast in our love for God we end up thinking we know better than God, we just can’t hear no From God. When God says no!, it’s a no! Don’t try to ask “why no?” and don’t try to give God suggestions and plans, He knows what’s best, just rest in the Lord.
- Boasting in oneself will lead to claiming something which we can’t achieve – Peter’s boasting led him to claim that he would lay down his life for Jesus but when Jesus was on the cross Peter was nowhere to be found.
- Boasting in our love will eventually fail – Peter’s boasting failed terribly and he ended up not only failing to accomplish all what he boasted but to the point that he denied Christ.
Boasting in our love for God will get us nowhere. But, when we understand and realise how much God loves us and boast in His love for us that is when we can achieve great things like what Peter did later on in his life.