Peter’s Remorse

Mark 14:72 – “and he broke down and wept” 

Wonder how terrible Peter must have felt having done exactly what Jesus predicted he will do and that is to deny Jesus 3 times. Peter himself vehemently denied he would do that claiming he will even die for Jesus.

Forsaking

But he failed and he failed terribly. It was worse than Judas’ betrayal. Judas regretted much later on. Peter’s regret was immediate.

It was also a betrayal. A betrayal of the friendship, the master-student relationship he had with Jesus for more than 3 years! Why did he deny Jesus?

Distance

He claimed that he would not forsake Jesus even if others did.

Well everyone else did forsake Jesus and he followed them not by fleeing as everyone did but by not standing with Jesus or being with Jesus at His most needful moment. Peter was very remorseful and rightly so.

Wonder

I wonder how many today will end up doing the same thing Peter did. I believe there will be many. Without a doubt. Why? Was it because of fear? Possibly but I think the root is a lack of a real enough relationship with God. In Peter’s case if was due to fear and perhaps a degree of disillusionment.

wonder

Thankfully Peter was restored by Jesus later on. The fact that Jesus took the trouble to restore him means there was a real enough relationship between Peter and Jesus. Hence Peter’s denial is not down to a lack of a real relationship with Jesus but just plain fear and disillusionment.

Superficiality

Looking at the superficiality of the faith nowadays does not give much hope. The degree of compromise in many churches just on the pretext of drawing the numbers to church buildings certainly only give cause for despair.

We all deny God, in our very own ways.
When we refuse to do the right thing in a tight situation.
When we hide our identity as a follower of Christ.
When we don’t reach out to the neighbour or stranger in need.
When we run away from responsibilities in life.
When we refuse to say sorry and ask for forgiveness.
When we refuse to deny that fleshly desires or bad habits, choosing the easy way out.

When we run away from God.
Venetian Masks

We need a remedy to this downgrade.

Remedy

Peter’s denial will be repeated many times over when persecutions come. For me I just have to make sure I won’t. Is it possible to stand firm no matter what comes my way?

If I rely on my my own strength and understanding it will only bring me to this frustrating conclusion – it is just impossible.

Plugs and Jacks

But if I switch my perspective, relying on the grace of Jesus. It doesn’t sound that crazy anymore.

Connected to Jesus

Sitting at the feet of Jesus connects me to His heart. A gut level, genuine, two-way connection.

If not, I am in trouble. Who then will correct, comfort and direct me? Who is going to heal and cleanse what is hidden? Where does my sin goes if I don’t surrender it to His light?

Living a lie that will be exposed one day for what it is.

I need a real relationship with Jesus. I need a connection with Jesus. Real two way connection.

Macro Mondays#Queen

Writing journals daily has repaired a broken relationship.

Strength to not falter only comes from Him.

Real Connection with Jesus. That is what we want. Or else Peter’s Remorse awaits me and you too!

Devotion by:

DG9F0169

Calvin Lee

Senior Pastor Kajang Assembly of God

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