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Isaiah 60:1

Mark 14:66-72

Peter watched the woman walk out of sight as the past few hours came screeching back to his memory.

“I don’t know him.”

“I don’t know him.”

“I don’t know him!!”

Three times Peter denied Christ.

Now he stood alone, ashamed and heartbroken. He had just denied the very man he said he would never turn against. He had just professed his love for Jesus only days before. And now this?

Peter broke down in tears. Sobs shook him to the very core of his being. Thoughts whirled around his head. What kind of friend am I?!? What type of person have I become?!? I am so weak! I’m pitiful! I’ve failed miserably!!

Surely the self destructing torment carried on for hours, if not days.

But then Peter came to himself. He remembered that the God he served, this man called Jesus, was a forgiving man. He was gentle. Full of love.

Peter stopped the tirade warring within and took his place again as a follower of Jesus. He didn’t allow his mistake keep him from Christ.

But how did Christ handle Peter’s denial? What became of his relationship with Peter?

He forgave him. He loved him. He even used him to pen down part of the New Testament.

The light of Jesus was within Peter. His past mistakes didn’t affect His future with Jesus because he was forgiven. And Christ used him, the willing vessel.

We are all capable of making bad decisions. Occasionally we choose our fleshly desires over the Spirit’s guidance. Some of us may get to the point where we feel ashamed for the witness we’ve given, the defeat we’ve experienced, the guilt of not doing right. But you don’t have to stay in that place of darkness. Reach out to Jesus for forgiveness and then let it go. Forgive yourself. Move forward.

The light of Christ is within you. Let it shine. Get back to your Father’s business. His glory is upon you.