Expect less, restore more

But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers. Luke 22:32

Even Jesus’ friend and apostle wasn’t able to hold it together. Knowing failure was imminent, Jesus prayed for full restoration and created the expectation that Peter would be welcomed back. As the Church do we expect more from Christian leaders than Jesus did? Do we turn lapses into long-term isolation by how we respond to the inevitable dysfunction of other human beings?

Lord, help me to expect and participate in restoration.