Words from the Heart for Tuesday March 10th, 2020
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.
Romans 1:16 (NIV)
It was the early days of World War 2 and on a rainy summer evening, Canadian federal police entered an Italian social club in the city of Windsor and arrested bartender Michele Iannetta. Bewildered, he and others were rounded up and brought down to the local armoury. The police then descended on Ianetta’s house, where his wife, Antonia, and son, Guido, watched, frozen with fear, as officers rifled through the family’s belongings for evidence of his political sympathies “There was a great deal of shame involved,” said Susan Iannetta, Michele’s granddaughter. Ianetta was held for four years and never charged.
I was reading the story of Peter’s denial of Jesus the night He was betrayed, and was pondering again how horrible Peter must have felt when he realized that he had done exactly what Jesus said he would do – deny the Lord three times. The days between that evening and Jesus’ resurrection must have been the longest three days in Peter’s life. Never again would he deny the Lord. Never again would he be ashamed to be a follower of Jesus. In fact, he would die a martyr’s death on an upside-down cross in Rome. Paul the apostle would also die a martyr’s death in Rome. And I’m sure as he went to his death, he was reminded of his own words that he wrote to the believers in Rome, in Romans 1:16: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.” May we be as firm in our commitment to the gospel as Paul was.
These have been words from the heart.