“Jesus interacted with Peter in the present, predicted his failure in the future, but also saw his maturity in the more distant future. ‘Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you like wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.’ But he replied, Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and death. Jesus answered, I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.'(Lk 22:31-34)
Jesus, who transcends time, could see the present state of Peter, how, after his failure, he would mature to help others like himself. And, in all of it He totally accepted Peter.
The Lord accepts us fully, knowing that we will need time and experience to work out our imperfections. Our failures do not surprise Him. If they surprise us, it is only because we have too high an opinion of ourselves. We have a standing in grace that gives us freedom to achieve truth over time.
The truth we need to achieve has many aspects. It includes the developmental needs of the real self, the grace of relationships (according to God’s grace), and the external truth of the precepts of God. And it takes time for all of these to work.”
Can you imagine how Peter felt after denying his friend, the Savior, the Christ? I can. I’ve done it over and over when I have believed lies instead of His truth– when I have withheld love, when I have been self-confident, self-pitying, self-reliant, self-admiring, self-confident, self-supported, etc.
Yet, Jesus had a future planned….wherein Peter would use the pain and sin he had experienced to help others…Oh friend, if you are in deep sin, or if you are experiencing daily sin, look to Jesus.
He has counted it all forgiven and He has a future for you that honors His glory and your gifts.