Peter and Jesus traveled together for years, YEARS! They were cool, Jesus told Peter that he would have the keys to the Kingdom, that's how cool they were. Peter told Jesus that he was the Christ, the one, that's how well they knew one another. Peter even cut of an ear in defense of his buddy. But none of that stopped peter from turning his back on Jesus and denying him time, and time again.
But Jesus knew who Peter was, how Peter was, and what Peter would do. Despite all of that Jesus still forgave Peter and Jesus forgives us, our job is to FORGIVE others friends as well as enemies as we live out the love of Christ Jesus in the world. Remember the words of Jesus in John 21: 15-20 Lets Look:
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my lambs.’ 16A second time he said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Tend my sheep.’ 17He said to him the third time, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ And he said to him, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep. 18Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.’ 19(He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, ‘Follow me.’
Jesus and the Beloved Disciple20 Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them; he was the one who had reclined next to Jesus at the supper and had said, ‘Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?
Brothers and sisters today go forward loving and forgiving, its the Christian way! Be Well