“So Peter went out and wept bitterly.”
Luke 22:61,62: “And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said to him, ‘Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.’ So Peter went out and wept bitterly.” [This was on the last Thursday evening of Jesus.]
Oh the mercy with which you looked at Peter that moment, Lord Jesus! May I have such mercy towards those who offend me, reject me, or hurt me, Lord.
May I learn to repent as Peter did when he saw you looking at Him, Lord. How inadequate my repentance has been, Lord. I may have even forgotten to repent sometimes, but your mercy has covered me to this day. When I am tested, Lord, may I see you looking at me, as you looked at Peter. May I be touched by your love this morning, Lord, as Peter was when you looked at him. Amen.
● Jesus knew that Peter would deny Him; and yet He spoke the kind words in Luke 22:28-30: “But you are those who have continued with Me in My trials. And I bestow upon you a kingdom, just as My Father bestowed one upon Me.” Consider, then, how Jesus’ look melted Peter’s heart.
● Jesus’ one look had the power to bring Peter to bitter weeping. Let me repent as you desire, dear Lord Jesus.
● Job was a “perfect” man (Job 1:1), but he prayed, “How many are my iniquities and sins? Make me know my transgression and my sin,” Job. 13:23. And in the end Job confessed, “I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes,” Job 42:6.
Quote: “Repentance grows as faith grows. Do not make any mistake about it; repentance is not a thing of days and weeks, a temporary penance to be got over as fast as possible! No; it is the grace of a lifetime, like faith itself. God’s little children repent, and so do the young men and the fathers. Repentance is the inseparable companion of faith. All the while we walk by faith and not by sight, the tear of repentance glitters in the eye of faith…” — C.H. Spurgeon, All of Grace
Quote: “Some will cry easily. Some are cold and can’t be moved to emotion. A man jumped up in a meeting and asked whether he can be saved when he hadn’t shed a tear in forty years. Even as he spoke he began to shed tears…” — Billy Sunday
Testimony: God gives me grace to repent often and humble myself before Him. I give thanks. We read in Rom. 2:4: “…the goodness of God leads you to repentance.” From time to time I pray with Jeremiah’s words: “O Lord, correct me, but with justice; not in Your anger, lest You bring me to nothing,” Jer. 10:24.
Memory Verse: Rev. 3:3: “Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.”
Topic for Prayer: for Christians to see their need for repentance.
Country for Prayer: Argentina, South America — Christians 92.01 %, Muslims 1.95 %.
[As year hastens to its close, let us take time to reflect, repent, and give thanks.]