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A Bit Of Symbiosis Please

"But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers" (Lk.22:32).

If I might ask you to clear away the cobwebs, and remember some stuff from a high school or college biology class, you just might recall the term symbiosis. It is the relationship between organisms of different species in which both gain a benefit. You might even remember mutualism, which is similar... There are also parasitic and commensual relationships in which only one organism gets a benefit and the other may even be harmed. Today's verse from the gospel of Luke, takes place just after Jesus lets Peter know that he will deny Him three times on the night of His betrayal. Look at how beautiful this verse is. Rather than chastising Peter for his weakness, Jesus prays that he might not fail. Now some might look at it this way... Peter had known Jesus for about three years and they had become very close friends... Jesus was just trying to encourage Peter and lift him up because its what friends do for one another, but there's more! He says this to Peter... When you get it all in order and you have turned back, strengthen your brothers! Wow... Jesus lets Peter know, just as He does us, that there's a greater responsibility out there than just growing personally... In the Lord's body, its not enough. But rather, we must be concerned about whether our fellow Christians are growing too. If it works the way its supposed to, here's where the symbiosis kicks in. We will all "be spurring one another on toward love and good deeds..." (Heb.10:24). A little more about this tomorrow...

Have a great day... Let your light shine for Him... Love mark Phil.4:11

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