And Peter remembered the word which Jesus had said, “Before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly. Matthew 26:75
Sometimes I wonder if Peter ever felt like a failure. Then I read this scripture and I think if ever he did, it must have been that moment.
Peter had walked on water (until he started to doubt), he was with Jesus for the healing of Jairus’ daughter, he was at the transfiguration and he was in the garden of Gethsemane, and so much more. Still, after all these things he still denied he knew Jesus.
But how could he after experiencing all those things? Peter had a momentary fear of man, he made a mistake.
But Peter is an example of what I constantly tell my children. It is not that we make a mistake, but it’s what we do with it that makes the difference. Peter learned from his error, he repented and ended up being an awesome apostle, a leader and a mentor.
We all make mistakes, we all feel like failures occasionally. But the question becomes do you sulk and dwell on your mistake or failure, or do you repent, learn and grow. God will forgive our mistakes, and we will even forgive others their mistakes, but do we forgive ourselves?