When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” John 21:15
Peter, the disciple who denied Jesus not only received forgiveness, but a charge from Him to continue His work, caring for those who followed Him. Peter was reconciled to Christ through his repentance, acknowledging his failure and weakness.
We are all like Peter, alternately brave and eager, but often afraid and denying our part in Christ’s ministry. It has been asked “Why does God use imperfect people?” and the answer is “Because that’s all He has”. When we stumble, we must ask for pardon and blessing, being aware that we have made wrong choices.
Then like Peter, we may be made vital again, ready to meet the challenges that following Jesus brings, saved by His grace and part of His mission of salvation.
Loving Lord, we are grateful for the gift of Your Son by which we are brought back into relationship with You. Help us to follow the lessons we are given and know that when we stray, there is mercy and forgiveness when we come to You in repentance. Amen.