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WHAT DID THE APOSTLE PETER DO THAT WAS SO RIGHT?


William Andrew Dillard

Most every Bible student is familiar with the great sin of the Apostle Peter. Peter was a man quick to speak and a little slow to think. It seems that he had to say something on every occasion, and often what he said was wrong. In that regard many of us today can identify with him.
Of course, what is remembered most is his boast to stay with the Lord, and support Him no matter what the circumstances. Jesus told him that before the rooster crowed he would deny Him three times. That is exactly what happened. What must it have been like to know that you not only denied, but cursed to emphasis that denial of Jesus in the crucial hour of his trial and subsequent crucifixion?
So, what did Peter do that was so right? In tears he repented of his deed as he realized the weakness of the flesh and what can happen when real danger knocks at one’s door. His repentance was genuine, and the grace of God was sufficient to forgive him and restore him to prominent service in His ministry. Peter would never be the same. However, his bitterly disappointing sin was totally forgiven and he was so much the wiser for the experience.
God’s Word teaches us that “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9. Peter sinned greatly, but he genuinely repented, received the forgiveness of God and went on to serve Him in a great and wonderful way. That is so right!
We should never let past sins and disappointing deeds keep us from a close relationship with the Lord. God is in the convicting business. Additionally, He is in the forgiving business when one repents of sin. He is in the restoration business of broken lives to meaningful purpose in His great cause on earth. No one should miss out on the fulfillment of spiritual potential in this life, and the reward that it will bring in the next one.
Are you disappointed in yourself? Are you disappointed in others? We are all sinners. We all disappoint others from time to time. We also disappoint ourselves, especially when we think we are strong, and we discount the weakness of the flesh. It is not amazing that we should fail, but it is so important that we repent, and go on in serving our wonderful Lord and Savior Who loves us. In this, we can also identify with the apostle Peter, and that is so right!

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Live for God in This World


 

Titus 2:12

 

Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world,” Titus 2:12.

 

 

Two options are presented here: (1) a lifestyle of ungodliness and worldly lusts of this present world, (2) living soberly, self-controlled, watchful-cautious, righteously (our relationship to mankind, Commandments 5-10) and godly (our relationship to God, Commandments 1-4). “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, . . . because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened” (Rom. 1:18, 21).

 

Recently I saw a USO calendar cover of a young father-soldier holding his one year old son who reached up his hand and touched his father’s face. Someone had added a famous caption to the picture, plus an addition: “I reached out my hand and touched the face of God . . . who lives in my daddy.”

 

What greater incentive to live for God in a world stumbling in darkness?

 

How wretched of a parent, by his example, to lead his family to hell, then abandon them there and go to Heaven. King David paid for his example of lack of self-control with the lives of four of his children. To his grave His heart wept for them. “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! would God I had died for thee, O Absalom, my son, my son!” (2 Sam. 18:33).

 

 

Just Saying

 

As Christians, our lack of caution and self-control can invite Satan to blindside us and cast our pearls before swine.

 

 

Robert Brock

 

 

 

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