“And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.”
Read these seven words from Luke 22 and realize that they contain the kernel of sanctification.
Peter had had all of this exposure to the power and promise of Jesus but he was still tempted to warm himself in the early morning chill at the fires of the world. Jesus had prophesied his three-time denial and it was happening.
Peter had felt that his loyalty to the Master was unshakable, even to the death. But here he was quaking and swearing before women and strangers that he did not even know the Galilean.
Believer, when Jesus gives you a candid look at the evil still within your own heart, pray that you will have the grace and the opportunity to do as Peter did. It will happen alone. It will be a Godly sort of repentance. It will be a milestone marking supernatural change.
We are never rid of our need for repenting this side of Glory. Keep short accounts with God. In this fashion you allow for the “conscience void of offence”. You may say in all honesty “there is now therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”.
And what is going on in that world which you are renouncing, that advertised standard that once seemed so seductive? It is still inclined to mock and to crucify Jesus and His “little ones”, and to consider it entertainment. It does this in the face of the following:
25And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
26Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.
Doug Blair, Waterloo, ON