Have you ever done something to some one in life that you walk away from the experience saying I don’t know how they will ever forgive me? It might be something you said or maybe it was something you phisicaly done like dent their brand new car for example. Maybe you have been told I will never forgive you for this. This type of situation cause people to drift apart and it continues to hurt for years and years sometimes it never gets resolved. On the one side you have the person that got hurt by the others deeds or actions normally that hurt turns into anger. Then you have the one that did the action this person usually ends up not being able to live with themselves and can not forgive themselves for what they have done. This is a sad but true reality.
You also get the person that have made lots of mistakes in life and have cause a lot of people grieve. If you are this person and realize your mistake and want to change I bet you have heard this before “you can never take back the things you have done” or “you just don’t know how anyone can ever forgive you”. When people tell you words like that it hurts but yet you know that you have caused them lots of harm and you end up living a life of “self guilt”.
In todays text we see that Jesus was in a situation like that. He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved 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. John 21: 17
Jesus was the one that got hurt in this situation lets look at how this played out.
Jesus ask Peter three times that reminded him that night when He denied Him three times. Peter did not need the reminder the Bible says he “was grieved because he said to him the third time”. Jesus in His sovereignty knew this. You can ask then why did he ask him that question only to hurt Peter some more? Jesus did not ask that question to hurt Peter He knew that Peter could not forgive himself for what he had done unto the Lord. Jesus ask that question and then responded with “Feed my sheep” . This means that He told Peter I know what you have done I know how you are feeling and Peter I already forgave you. Hallelujah! What great love displayed by Jesus. All Peter had to do was except Jesus’ forgiveness and the last step was to forgive himself.
Have you been distancing yourself from Jesus because of some actions in your life? Have you been miserable with yourself for what you have done to Him? Maybe others have told you have told or you have been telling yourself Jesus will never love you or you are not good enough.
Jesus says I love you so much that I died for you I already forgave you for all your actions all you have to do is say you are sorry and forgive yourself.
Call on Jesus today talk to Him about your grieve tell Him about your hurt except His Mercy and Grace and live!
Christ wants you to call to him and to experience His amazing LOVE today!