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Mark 14:72 (ESV): "72 And immediately the rooster crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, "Before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times." And he broke down and wept."Failing to take a stand for Jesus before man as a genuine Christian is the worst feeling ever. It produces a sense of sorrow in the heart like no other. It's not unforgivable but it is heart-wrenching. No one knows that better than Peter!
It's late in the evening of His betrayal and Judas shows up with a mob to arrest Jesus. The temple guards seize Him, the disciples flee Him, but Peter trails them. Upon arrival, Peter sat in the courtyard next to a fire and a servant girl recognized him calling him out as a follower of Jesus but Peter denied It. Later, another bystander called Peter again. He denied knowing Jesus a second time. Finally, Peter goes on to deny Jesus a third time with cursing and swearing. Then he heard the rooster crow a second time, and in that moment the eyes of Jesus and Peter met (Lk 22:61) and Peter remembered the Lord's words and he broke down and wept.
Have you ever broken down and wept over your sin before? It is the result of understanding that your relationship with the Lord has been fractured. Through godly sorrow our tears turn into genuine repentance but it does come at a cost! Peter would give His life up later because He had a change of mind regarding the matter. That is what real repentance looks like. God will restore us for even denying Him before man but we must be truly repentant. Remember the words of Jesus, they will bring you to a proper place of repentance, change, and restoration. Amen?
Father, break our hearts for what breaks Yours! As we remember Your Word may it hit us in the heart in such away as to produce genuine repentance. Fill us with Your Spirit and keep us faithful we pray in Jesus name, amen!
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