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When You Repent

When You Repent

09 October 2009

Scripture:

But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen and build up your brothers. (Luke 22:32 NLT)

A very intense time! Jesus was aware of the suffering he was about to endure. Judas had his betrayal plans in place. The other eleven were jockeying for position in the Kingdom of God. Peter was about to protest his courage. Jesus foresaw Peter’s denial coming in the next few hours.

Speaking out of knowledge that Peter would very soon deny that he even knew him, Jesus said, “I have prayed for you that your faith will not fail.” Then, knowing that the Father would answer this prayer, he instructed Peter, “When you get through this personal failure, I’m counting on you to be a strength to the others.”

Jesus knew full well how badly Peter was about to fail him, yet he forgave him in advance, looked beyond this sin and failure, and saw Peter taking his destined role as leader and pillar of strength.

I know that Jesus looks at me and sees the mistakes and failures yet to come. Then amazingly, incredibly, he looks beyond my failures to my repentance and “turning to him again” and he forgives me in advance! Not only that, he prepares a plan for me to be a productive and positive influence on others!

I want that kind of grace on me and in me! I want to be able to look at people and see them on the other side of their weaknesses, their mistakes, and their failures. I want to be a “future forgiver” and a “when you have repented” believer in God’s grace.

Prayer:

Father, thank you for seeing beyond my sins and failures again and again to a future in which I again and again repent and turn back to Jesus and influence others to get up and stand up and take another step of faith. Please give me grace to see beyond the my immediate messes to the ultimate successes. Please give me grace to be a “when you have repented” believer in your grace at work in others. Amen.

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