And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be you, bid me come to you on the water.…
I. THE FEAR WHICH PETER BETRAYED ON THIS OCCASION.
1. The transient nature of our best and strongest feelings when they are not kept alive by Divine grace.
2. The danger of needlessly putting to the trial cur highest graces. Never make a presumptuous display of grace.
II. THE CAUSE OF PETER'S FEAR. "When he saw the wind boisterous," etc. Here we are taught not to be unmindful of our dangers, but to keep our thoughts fixed on the greatness and faithfulness of Christ when we are surrounded by them.
III. THE CONSEQUENCE OF PETER'S FEAR. He began to sink. Our support in dangers and trials depends on our faith.
IV. THE PRAYER WHICH THE FEAR OF PETER DREW FROM HIM.
1. In all our troubles, if we are Christians, we shall be men of prayer.
2. The fears of the real believer, however strong, are still accompanied with a cleaving to Christ.
V. THE CONNECT OF CHRIST TOWARDS HIM.
1. There is no situation in which Christ cannot help us.
2. There is no state in which Christ will not save us.
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