When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
Still regretting his three denials, Peter, the former fisherman, went back to what he knew best. But when the resurrected Lord called to the fisherman from the shore and provided for a miraculous catch of fish, Peter jumped in the water and ran to Jesus.
In an intimate conversation, Jesus asked Peter three times, “Do you love me?” Perhaps this was an affirmation to counter each previous denial. Then he reinstated Peter and gave him a second invitation to follow.
Peter got a second chance. So can you. God has not written you off. He has not cast you aside. Your failure is not final. While we must acknowledge and repent of our sin, Jesus waits with open arms to welcome us back, reinstate us, and use us. Our past cannot define us. We are defined by who we are in Jesus—loved, accepted, significant, forgiven, and secure. Jesus forgives us and unlocks the prison of past regret. It’s time to move forward and serve him in freedom.
Lord Jesus, someone reading this today is confident that their past sins have disqualified them from a relationship with you. Please speak to their heart and remind them of Peter who was forgiven, reinstated, and restored. May today be the day when your forgiveness is accepted and freedom is provided. Amen.
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