Forgive Yourself – Peter Denies Jesus

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Peter had to forgive himself. Will you forgive yourself and allow God to shine?

Single parents can experience a lot of guilt, so how do you forgive yourself for the things you should have done differently in your past relationships?

In chapter 14 of the Gospel of Mark verses 66-72, Peter denies Jesus three times. At a time when Jesus must have most wanted His friends nearby, they all abandoned Him. Peter was one of those closest to Him, and yet, even Peter denies Jesus, not once, not twice, but three times.

When Peter realizes what he has done, how must he have felt? He must have felt pretty guilty. In fact, we see, “He broke down and wept” (Mark 14:72). Does that sound familiar?

I cannot count the number of times I have broken down and wept over things I should have done differently. I have wished I could take back every angry word uttered during my 14 marriage, that I could fix every dirty look, and eliminate every thoughtless act. I question whether doing so would have kept my husband from leaving and would have changed my children’s lives.

I will never know. (more…)


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