Today’s Thoughts – 16 September 2020

Today’s Thoughts – 16 September 2020

By T. S. Candee on September 16, 2020 in John Thoughts

Peter then denied again: and immediately the cock crew

John 18:27

As you watch Peter, you see him gradually moving into the place of temptation and sin; and his actions parallel the description in Psalm 1:1. First, Peter walked “in the counsel of the ungodly” when he followed Jesus and went into the high priest’s courtyard. Peter should have followed the counsel of Jesus and gotten out of there in a hurry! Then, Peter stood with the enemy by the fire (John 18:16, 18); and before long, he sat with the enemy (Luke 22:55). It was now too late, and within a short time, he would deny his Lord three times…

Keep in mind that the crowing of the cock was the announcement of the dawning of a new day! “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning” (Psalm 30:5). It is worthwhile to contrast Peter and Judas. Peter wept over his sins and repented, while Judas admitted his sins but never really repented. Judas experienced remorse, not repentance. When Judas went out from the Upper Room, “it was night” (John 13:30); but when Peter went out to weep bitterly, there was the dawning of a new day. It is the contrast between godly sorrow that leads to true repentance and the sorrow of the world (regret and remorse) that leads to death (1 Cor 7:9-10). We will discover that Jesus restored Peter (John 21) and enabled him to serve with great power and blessing.

Excerpts from Warren Weirsbe

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T. S. Candee

T. S. Candee works at Central Baptist Church as the Media Director. He is also being mentored for full-time Christian service

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