“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.’”
Now there’s no better comeback story in the entire Bible than the story of Simon Peter and his comeback after an epic failure of denying Jesus. Not just once, but three times. Something that he said he would never do, he did, and he felt that he could never undo it. He felt that he was done.
Not only did Simon Peter deny the faith, but he denied Jesus Himself. If anyone ever needed a second chance, another opportunity, it was Simon Peter, because he failed so terribly, and he thought he could never come back.
The potential for evil is in every one of us. You are capable of any spiritual failure. We’re all vulnerable to temptation. The potential for evil is in all of us, coiled like a snake, ready to strike. And if we neglect spiritual discipline… if we live in self-confidence rather than in faith, then we are in danger of defeat.
If you need a second chance, hear this. You can rebound. You can recover. You can be restored. It’s never too late for a new beginning.
So don’t stare at the past, don’t live your life looking through the rearview mirror. That’s dangerous. It’s okay to glance at your rearview mirror, know what’s going on to your side or behind you, but don’t try to drive your car looking through your rearview mirror! Look through the big screen, the windshield! It’s a lot bigger and hopefully a lot better going forward.
Glance at the past but gaze at Your future, and Your future is in Christ.