Peter Went Out

“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:

Luke 21:

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

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7 thoughts on “Peter Went Out

  1. “Do you Love me Simon Peter…?”

  2. it was the first thing that came to mind…?

    • “Big wake up call … cut to the heart. Like getting a bucket of cold water thrown over you when you don’t expect it … like seeing the reality of the Scripture for the first time even though it’s been read so many times” … your comment, that scripture verse … (this is how I answered Anthony).

  3. It’s Doug’s fault “do you love me Pete?” (C.C.W.)
    Sound familiar?
    Resonated!
    Looked for your complete post but couldn’t find it?
    He completes full circles!

  4. No Nasty Memory

    We all have such trouble with our memories. Painful or disappointing experiences of the past which we cannot shake. People we find it hard to forgive. Dark experiences which still bring on the scowl.

    We need to take many hard and long looks at Jesus and the mighty reservoir of forgiveness available to Him. We need to supplicate for the mercy of forgiveness.

    Take a look at the story of the morning visit and breakfast on the beach after the resurrection (John 21). Some of the disciples had had a rough night at fishing. A man calls out to them from the shore, “Children, have ye any meat?” They answer in the negative, and he suggests that they toss nets again over the other side. There is then a miraculous haul. John recognizes that “it is the Lord”.

    Peter in his excitement leaps out and strides the waves to be the first one to the Master’s side. I suspect that the others graciously held back so that their ring-leader could have a private moment.

    That moment holds precious treasure for us! In three exchanges Jesus asks His friend “Do you love me?” Present tense. These three opportunities were gladly taken to flush out the pain of the three cowardly denials of a few days earlier. Jesus does not refer to that abandonment by Peter. It is forgiven. Eternal Life has a much more charitable agenda. The here and now is the thing. Do you love me? Oh yes, Master, most definitely.

    I am reminded of a passage in Micah 7:

    18Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.

    19He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

    Let these thoughts rise to the surface the next time we have an episode of nasty memory or self-condemnation.

    http://books.google.ca/books?id=jDAdKaKmTDEC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

  5. It was a good memory. This is the essence of what you had posted in the past it registered, remember?
    Or perhaps i never said as much but it had a very good effect quietly resonating!
    “All things work together for good.” Perhaps “fault” was not the best word to use i was being light-hearted.
    It’s all good bro’!

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