“Our struggle is never to get God to forgive us.
It is always for us to receive His love”
Why is it that Judas is known as Judas the Betrayer but Peter is not known as Peter the Denier? Peter was a much or more trouble than all the disciples combined. After betraying Jesus Judas returns the 30 pieces of silver, proclaims the innocence of Jesus and scriptures says he was deeply remorseful. Judas repents and repays but still hangs himself.
All Peter does is get breakfast from Jesus, receives His love and takes back his role of being a fisher of men. He doesn’t seem to ‘give’ Jesus anything–just receives. And in his receiving it pushes out all the cowardliness and pride that he had previously walked in. Instead of hanging himself or his head in shame, Peter becomes an apostolic pillar of Christianity.
Everything changes at The Cross. We are completely forgiven and the power of sin is lifted from us. Peter’s life reflects that everything changes at The Cross.
Our lives can reflect this, also.
Our greatest struggle is not to get God to love us but to receive the love that He is offering. And, embedded in that love is all the peace, joy, relationship, and destiny we will ever need.
“When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.