“Now Peter sat outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came to him, saying, ‘You also were with Jesus of Galilee.’ But he denied it before them all, saying, ‘I do not know what you are saying.’
“And when he had gone out to the gateway, another girl saw him and said to those who were there, ‘This fellow also was with Jesus of Nazareth.’ But again he denied with an oath, ‘I do not know the Man!’
“And a little later those who stood by came up and said to Peter, ‘Surely you also are one of them, for your speech betrays you.’ Then he began to curse and swear, saying, ‘I do not know the Man!’
“Immediately a rooster crowed. And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, ‘Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.’ So he went out and wept bitterly.”
Matthew 26:69-75 NKJV
Have you made what seems to be, or is, a very colossal mistake
and now have feelings of condemnation that you just can’t seem to shake?
Then it’s good to look at Peter, who three times denied Jesus, the Master and Teacher…but, after repenting, went on to live for Him, becoming a bold and effective preacher.
So, too, you must believe that for any wrong steps you’ve taken,
God has a redemptive resurrection hour, to which He wants you to awaken.
If you feel that you “missed God,” and that your hopes and prayers can’t have mattered, remember that Jesus went about rescuing those whose lives had also, in some way, been shattered.
P. A. Oltrogge
…from Peter’s message in Acts 2:
“Then Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.’
A Vital Church Grows
“And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, ‘Be saved from this perverse generation.’ Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.”