When someone comes to the Lord, they tend to be so passionate about Him that they can’t imagine ever falling away or deliberately making a mistake. We are excited about our new nature, and rightfully so. The reality is, though, that we are still human on this side of eternity, and we will make mistakes.
It should be comforting to know that we have a God who knows that we will make mistakes and yet loves us anyway. Peter felt strongly that there was no way he would ever deny the Lord, but Jesus knew.
“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to have all of you, to sift you like wheat. But I have pleaded in prayer for you. Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen and build up your brothers.”Luke 22:31-32, NLT
They would all run away and abandon Jesus. He knew this. But he singled out Peter. I wonder if Jesus knew that Peter would have significant trouble dealing with it when it happened. Maybe its just that He knew that the disciples followed Peter.
Whatever the reason, He felt the need to encourage Peter beforehand that He knew Peter was going to fall, and to help him to see that there was life goes on even when we have failed.
Brother or sister in Christ, the reality is that you too will make mistakes, and maybe you will think that they are unforgivable. But God loves you! Jesus knew you would struggle before He died for you, but He loves you just the same. May we take courage from Jesus’ words to Peter:
“When you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen and build up your brothers (and sisters).”Luke 22:32, NLT