In the moment of pressure, Peter did exactly what he promised Jesus he wouldn’t: He lied and denied that he ever knew Him. When Jesus needed support the most, Peter let his Lord down. As Jesus turned and looked at him, Peter felt so bad that “he went out and wept bitterly” (Luke 22:62).
After Jesus was resurrected, He went back to visit Peter. As they stood face to face, Jesus extended His mercy and simply said, “Do you love me? Then feed my sheep” (John 21:17). Jesus knew that Peter loved Him, and He wanted Peter to know that he was still loved and needed.
When you make mistakes, don’t dwell on them. God doesn’t. He still loves you, and if you acknowledge your mistake and ask for forgiveness, He will be right there encouraging you to get back up again.
1 John 1:9 (NIV)
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”