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From then on Pilate sought to release Him, but the Jews cried out, saying, "If you let this Man go, you are not Caesar's friend. Whoever makes himself a king speaks against Caesar." John 19:12

Pilate faced the unenviable situation of judging an innocent man before an angry crowd that threatened to destroy his reputation and career. He sought to do the right thing by releasing Jesus, but the threats of the crowd proved too much. He found himself at the mercy of the mob. He was so busy looking at the shouting mass of people in front of him that he overlooked the words of Jesus: God had handed over the power of life and death in that moment to him.

It's easy to lose sight of what God has entrusted into your care in the moment of a difficult decision or a challenging conflict. Disastrous decisions can result from trying to protect yourself from the anger of others. A moral compromise that appears to be for the greater good today can have disastrous consequences in the future.

Oftentimes doing the right thing requires a leap of faith, trusting that the truth will win out eventually and God will recognize your faithfulness.

Prayer: Lord, I surrender my reputation and my future into Your hands. Give me the courage to trust You even when doing the right thing causes others to despise me.
 
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Amen brother.

Peter also found himself under pressure and denied he knew Jesus 3 times before the **** crowed, as Jesus said he would.

We must always keep our eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of our faith, when we take our eyes and thoughts from Jesus we have left ourselves open to attacks from the devil who prowls like a raging lion looking for the next person to devour.

It is so easy to lie when the pressure is on, just as Peter did, but lies always leads to another and another. As you say brother, doing the right think often requires a leap in faith, speaking the truth and standing in faith is always the best, always the right thing to do, there may be short term consequences, some tablets taste nasty at the time but healing comes after them. Fear is usually the reason for lies, God is love, the devil uses fear in us to get us to sin, to get us to take our eyes off Jesus.

We join in agreement in prayer, Amen.
 

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