Yes, Peter denied his Lord three times. But that is not the end of the story. In John 21 Jesus asks Peter if he loved Him. Three times Peter says: “Yes!” Then Jesus commissions Peter to “Feed my sheep.”
Denial forgiven by the Lord spells hope and promise.
Practical application: This summer I heard about a wedding where the bride appeared at the head of the aisle on the arm of her father. Halfway to the altar, they paused and her stepfather took her other arm. Together, the three of them approached the chancel. And when it came time for the question, “Who gives this woman to be married to this man?” they answered in unison, “With her mother, we do.”
This was a family that knew how to turn pages and celebrate life. Bearing grudges, nursing resentments, entertaining suspicions, anything that denies free and open communication is a foil to inner tranquility. Maybe we can learn a lot from Peter and this family.
Prayer: Lord, helps us to use life’s circumstances to your glory. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Thomas W. Corbell, Pastor of Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church in Statesville, NC.