Redeeming The Past Through Repentance

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By Bea Wallen

            If you ever believed that God couldn’t use you because of the sins you’ve committed consider the life of Peter. He passionately loved the Lord and believed in his heart that he was ready to die for him (Luke 22:33). Yet even though Peter had absolutely no intentions of denying Christ, in a matter of seconds, he denied knowing the Lord he dearly loved not once but three times. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter and Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” Then Peter went out and wept bitterly (Luke 22:61-62).

            As Peter yielded to his flesh in a moment of pride and fear Satan thought he had him right where he wanted him. Satan knew that is he could keep Peter in the depths of despair and guilt over his failure; Peter would never fulfill the destiny of his calling. Satan’s plan was to enslave Peter and cause him to live a defeated and powerless life. Jesus in all his wisdom already knew Satan’s tactics. Jesus prayed often for his disciples before his arrest and crucifiction as we read in Luke 22: 31-32. And the Lord said, “Simon Simon! Indeed Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat.” “But I have prayed for you that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to me, strengthen your brethren.”

            Instead of wavering in unbelief, Peter immediately experienced true godly sorrow, (he wept latterly) and repented of his sin. God’s plan for Peter’s life was never thwarted. The key to Peter’s complete restoration and reconciliation to Jesus was his brokenness over his sin. He truly repented and followed Christ from that time on.

            Peter was empowered by God through the Holy Spirit. We read how Peter explained Pentecost and the results of his sermon in Acts Chapter 2. His healing of the lame man and his second sermon in Acts 3.

            God is always ready to restore a wayward relationship. “Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry if reconciliation, therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as through God were pleading through us; we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God, that we might become the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:18-21). Reconciliation begins with recognition that without Christ we are lost and separated from God. God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting peoples sins against them. This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others.

            As with Peter; the same is true for us. Repentance  made complete. Our past does not thwart God’s plan for out lives when we let him redeem our past actions and we continue to abide in him. Peter developed a courageous sacrifice by committing his life to God. Have you considered what great work God might want to accomplish through your commitment? We all need that perseverance!

From my heart