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"(3) Peter in his repentance. Peter had denied the Lord three times before the Lord looked at him; that look of Jesus must have broken Peter’s heart. His look exposed the terrible sin that Peter had committed —the terrible failure that had come, the depth into which he had fallen, and “Peter went outside and wept bitterly.” Who can tell what that repentance must have been? During the following hours of that night and the next day, when he saw Christ crucified and buried, and the next day, the Sabbath— what hopeless despair and shame he must have experienced that day! “My Lord is gone, my hope is gone, and I denied Him! After that life of love, after the blessed fellowship we had for three years, I denied my Lord. God, have mercy upon me!” I don’t think it is possible to imagine into what depths of humiliation Peter sank. But that was the turning point and the change ; on the first day of the week Christ was seen by Peter, and in the evening He met him with the others. Later on at the Lake of Galilee He asked him, “Do you love me?” until Peter was saddened again by the thought that he had denied Him. He said in sorrow, but in honesty, “Lord, you know all"
Absolute Surrender by Murray, Andrew
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