Scripture Reading: Act 5:27-32 (All scripture quotes are NIV)
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Scripture Quote: Immediately the a rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: "Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times." And he broke down and wept. (Mark 14:72)
Peter's sin was tremendous - He denied Christ at a time when he should have confessed and said that He was a follower. He should have been a witness for Jesus. Peter was one of the twelve and should have had Jesus' back. But instead of devotion to Christ, he chose to allow fear of condemnation and ridicule rule in his heart and mind. It is understandable that he would weep when he finally comforts himself with the shame of deserting His Lord.
Peter also remembered Jesus’ prediction. Jesus knew that Peter was weak and would deny Him - Yet Jesus had already forgiven Peter for his actions. How incredible is that? Peter's sorrow, as he wept, brought him ever closer to the Savior's heart. Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to forgiveness and salvation, which further leads to no regret. If Peter can be forgiven for turning his back on Jesus and King David could be forgiven of murder and adultery, we can be certain that our sins are also forgiven. If we confess our sin, He is gracious to forgive us. Our past can be released because God has forgiven us our sins and purified us from all unrighteousness.
Today’s meditation: Praise God! Oh, how He lavishes His love on us!
Memory Verse: (Acts 2:28) You have made known to me the paths of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.