God Does Not Give Up On Us
Written by: Elisabeth Lough
Click HERE to listen to today's devotion
After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?"
"Yes, Lord," Peter replied, "you know I love you." "Then feed my lambs," Jesus told him. Jesus repeated the question: "Simon son of John, do you love me?" "Yes, Lord," Peter said, "you know I love you." "Then take care of my sheep," Jesus said. A third time he asked him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, "Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you." Jesus said, "Then feed my sheep."
- John 21:15-17
Peter messed up big time. Not only did he deny knowing Jesus, but he also cursed His Name in the process. He adamantly claimed to not be associated with Jesus, Whom he had followed for about three years. When Peter remembered Jesus’s prophecy about Peter’s denial (Matthew 26:34), he weeps bitterly (Matthew 26:75).
Has that ever happened to you? When you messed up really bad and immediately regretted it? But what Jesus does with Peter after His resurrection is amazing, and He can do something similar with us.
Jesus took Peter aside from the other disciples and asked him three times if Peter loved Jesus. He gave Peter a chance to redeem himself. And Jesus forgave Peter.
God is a God of second chances, and as badly as Peter messed up, he was not the exception. And neither are you. No matter what you’ve done, no matter how big a mistake you made, God can still use you. Peter went on to become a major contributor to the early church, preaching a sermon after Pentecost that brought 3,000 people to the Lord. God continued to use him and grow him spiritually.
Peter’s spiritual journey did not end after he denied Christ. God did not give up on him. You may think your mistake is too big to move on from, but you’re wrong. That mistake does not have to end your walk with the Lord. God can forgive that mistake no matter how horrible and shameful you think it was. And if you let Him, He can do wonderful things in and through you.
1. How did God use Peter after Pentecost?
2. Have you made any mistakes that seem too big for God to forgive? If so, how can you accept God’s forgiveness and allow Him to use you and grow you?
Dear Jesus, I’ve done some things in my life that I’m not proud of. Like Peter, I deeply regret them. But just as You gave Peter a second chance, You can give me a second chance too. Here I am, Lord. I am willing to move on from my mistakes and be used by You to further Your kingdom. I love You, Lord, and in Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.
WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT A RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD? CLICK HERE