Sorry vs. Repentent
“And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how He had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.”
Have you ever had someone give you a weak “I’m sorry”? Or perhaps it was said in the most heartfelt way, yet their actions afterwards revealed that they weren’t really sorry after all …. There’s a big difference in “being remorseful” ~ sorry about your actions or sorry about being caught” …versus “true repentance” ~ sorry about your actions and then turning away from them.” It is the way we think that things should be in our heads that messes up our attitudes …..
Judas and Peter were both sorry about their role after Jesus was taken by the Pharisees. In his remorse and seeing Jesus condemned; Judas went back to return the 30 pieces of silver. Yet, instead of returning to the disciples with confession and repentance, he killed himself …. Peter made a bold proclamation that he would never leave Jesus, even if the other disciples deserted Him. However, Jesus predicted that Peter would deny Him three times before the rooster crowed, and not even a whole day would pass before his denial. When Jesus was taken prisoner, Peter stayed close by to see what was going on.
One of the most defining moments was after Peter denied Jesus three times and the rooster crowed. In the midst of the craziness of the proceedings, Jesus turned to look at Peter. How difficult was it for Peter to see Jesus eye to eye? What did Jesus’ eyes reveal? Perhaps His eyes showed compassion and that He still loved him in spite of his denial. It says, “Peter left and wept bitterly”; however, he did return to strengthen the other disciples …..
The true evidence of repentance is when we turn away from doing wrong. The Lord will convict us of our sins, yet, we must be willing to submit our will to Him. It’s our actions that reveal the state of our hearts ….
Dear Lord, I’m sorry for my sins and I need your help to walk in repentance. Give me a renewed heart and mind to see my sin as You do. Amen.