Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended. Peter said unto him, Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee. Likewise also said all the disciples. Matthew 26:33,35
When you read Matthew 26 about the things Jesus reveals to his disciples as to their behavior concerning His trial, and the things that would take place, Peter as well as the other disciples had "good intentions" for saying the things they said. They truly thought that they wouldn't do the things that Jesus said they would do. Because after all, we truly don't know how we will respond under extreme pressure; we only think we do.
How many times have we said things to God only later to not act upon them? We either forget we have said such things, or just was saying things in the heat of the moment. Whatever the case may be, we end up not doing what we told God we would do. Oh, we had "good intentions" at the time, it just that when the pressure came, we realized that it was easier said than done.
As I was studying a lesson to teach for my Sunday School Class, I came across this poem by St. Clair Adams that I would like to share with you. The title of the poem is: GOOD INTENTIONS- how ironic!
The road to hell, they assure me,
With good intentions is paved
And I know my desires are noble;
But my deeds might brand me depraved.
It's the warped grain in our nature,
And St. Paul has written it true:
"The good that I would I do not;
But the evil I would not I do."
I've met few men who are monsters
When I came to know them inside;
Yet their bearing and dealings external
Are crusted with cruelty, pride,
Scorn, selfishness, envy, indifference,
Greed - why the long list pursue?
The good that they would they do not;
But the evil they would not they do.
Intentions may still leave us beast-like;
With unchangeable purpose we're men.
We must drive the nail home-and then clinch it
Or storms shake it loose again.
In things of great import, in trifles,
We our recreant souls must subdue
Till the evil we would not we do not
And the good that we would we do.