Tuesday, 15 September 2020
Luke 22:61-62 And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, "Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times." And he went out and wept bitterly.
Have you ever had one of those moments, when you look around and become aware that Jesus is looking at you and - worse still - sees right through you and what you are in the middle of doing, knowing that you are letting Him down? That's a very painful moment, I can tell you from experience. We all need to face up to the fact that we have been there and - God forbid, but we are all human - will almost certainly end up there again. The only way to overcome these moments is to acknowledge them, seek forgiveness and resolve to decrease their frequency.
God is gracious and always hears the cries and sobs of a repentant heart. He is always ready to forgive and accept back into relationship someone who confesses their sin (read also: willfulness, stubbornness, stupidity, ignorance, etc.) and calls on the name of Jesus. The Bible tells us:
1 John 1:9-10 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
... that if we confess - and that means agree with Him that our behaviour was sin and therefore wrong and abhorent to Him - He forgives us our past and present sin and cleanses us from all unrighteousness. He gives us a clean slate, a fresh start. That is not to say, of course, that there may not be consequences of our sin that may endure (if, for example, we have broken the law so that the criminal justice system becomes involved), but we will be 'right' with God.
So next time you have one of those moments, don't delay, act immediately and restore your relationship with God.