At the moment the cock crowed for the second time. The Peter remembered that Jesus had said to him, “Before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times.” And he broke down and wept. (Mark 14:72)
Once again Peter shows us how to walk in faith. When we have sinned, we need to break down and weep. We need to repent. We need to stop living for ourselves and start living for God. We need to turn around and get back to Jesus. We need to hate what we did. Not until we are sick of our old ways are we ready to repent. This change of heart leads us to a change of mind to move on to a changed life. But Peter leads the way. This is how we repent. Our whole being is sorry and God hears our cries and responds readily to our pleas.
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. (2 Cor. 7:10-11)
Godly sorrow brings repentance and that leads to salvation. Peter shows us the second step towards (re)making Jesus Christ the center of our lives. God waits for us his arms strecthed out. There is nothing that would bring more joy to God than seeing people running into his arms looking for grace and mercy. God is waiting! Let’s go!
Be praised for your loving-kindness!
Thank you for loving us no matter of what.
Thank you for prompting us to repent.
Help us to to turn around to you!
Have mercy on us!
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: What’ s your take on repentance?
The part 3 will be posted tomorrow on the 30th of December 2009.