for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.
Weeping outside and cowering in a corner, Peter hung his head in shame. He had denied his Savior and Lord. He had seen Jesus’ miracles, heard His words of wisdom, and observed His compassionate eyes. He never imagined he would fail so miserably. Yet he weakened from fear. Could Peter be redeemed?
In God’s time, Peter would realize more fully what Isaiah meant when he said, “I will blot out your transgressions and remember your sins no more.” Forgiveness would come. Christ’s suffering and death was the chosen means. A cross on the hill was the venue. Peter would never have imagined it, yet the cross removed his shame and disgrace and turned it into redemption.
Living today are many individuals who experience the shame and disgrace of sin. With heavy hearts, the emotionally damaged cower in corners and hang their heads. Yet living in freedom is available for them, just as it was for Peter. Through His own suffering and shame, Jesus cried out, “I blot out your transgressions. I have chosen to remember your sins no more. For my sake, I want you to live in freedom. For you, I died and live again.”
Prayer: Dear Jesus, I cannot thank You enough for enduring shame and disgrace for me so that I may live in Your freedom. Help me to trust Your victory. Amen.