Later–Daily Prompt

peterPeter was impetuous. That means he was rash, hasty, reckless, bullheaded and hotheaded. Peter was a good example of many of us who rush through life in a myriad of ways. Sometimes we are so rushed to get ahead that we forget our family in the process. Sometimes we rush through traffic and we put ourselves and others at risk, especially if we are trying to multitask and talk or text on our phones. I am sure you can relate times when you have been impetuous.

When Jesus was taken from the Garden of Gethsemone, all of his disciples scattered. Peter was staying close but not too close. Jesus had told him he was going to deny him three times before the rooster crowed. Peter was adamant that he would not do that.

Matthew 26
“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.”

How many of us have ever made a bold statement and then not followed through? I know I have. But the good news is that Jesus restored Peter and he restores us as well. Our part is to admit and confess when we have walked out of God’s will. Let’s look at Peter again.

John 21:
So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?”
He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”
He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”
He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?”
He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.”
He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”
He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?”
And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.”
Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep. Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.” This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.”

Peter denied three times and he was restored three times. Matthew Henry’s Commentary states “But now, at length, his Master put him out of his pain, said what he had to say to him.” Aren’t we in pain when we have wronged God or someone else?  As soon as I realize what I have done, if I delay asking for and/or giving forgiveness, I am a wreck until I make it right.

Henry goes on to say “We must not reckon it an affront to have our sincerity questioned, when we ourselves have done that which makes it questionable; after a shaking fall, we must take heed of settling too soon, lest we settle upon a wrong bottom. Dost thou love me? It is this that will make the other expressions of repentance acceptable. The great thing Christ eyes in penitents is their eyeing him in their repentance. Those that do not truly love Christ will never truly love the souls of men, or will naturally care for their state as they should; nor will that minister love his work that does not love his Master.”

Do you love Jesus?  Is there something that you need to make right because of His love for you?


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