[CF Devotionals] 2019-11-27 - Seek Forgiveness

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The alarm went off, I went and changed, followed by feeding Ms. Melody, and then I took her out as per our usual daily routine. As I watched the morning sky as painted for me that day, I heard a rooster crowing in the distance. I’ve never actually seen it, but have heard it on occasion and wonder, where it is most days. At any rate, the sound is what may be known as a farmhouse start to the dawn of a new day. As I pondered having the blessing of being given another day, I recalled what Jesus said to Peter about what would happen on the day he was to be betrayed. He told Peter he would deny him as the Savior. Peter did not believe it was possible. Jesus knew that being human (as well as being God’s plan) was what made it true. I remember a time thinking how impossible it was I would ever deceive my Mom. When there is someone in your life that means so much, it just makes no sense that deception is even remotely likely. Yet I did it. Unlike Peter, in the years I knew what I was doing - age of accountability being twelve - three deceptions probably happened in the first few hours. While I am not glorifying Peter for fulfilling prophecy, his scenario reminds me just how flawed I am, and if any of us are honest with ourselves, we are in the same predicament each day. The point is not failing at achieving a love of substance, but realizing it is impossible without the Father’s plan of forgiveness through the Savior. Peter was given a plan by God, and this denial was only a segment of it. He went on to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What an honor to be forgiven and then given a chance to share his part of the plan with the world as he lived in it.

Has the rooster crowed in your day? According to Merriam-Webster, denial can be refusing to admit the truth or reality of something, asserting an allegation is false, or refusing to acknowledge a person or thing. We do not have to speak words like “I don’t know you” or “It is not true!” to be in denial. We can simply ignore something or someone and be making a conscious effort to shun. When we must face situations and the people connected to them, it can become clear what they truly mean, and that we need forgiveness. Peter wept. Times I acted like Peter while growing up, I felt the same kind of remorse and sought forgiveness, very often with consequences to follow. Trust must be gained after broken, and accepting the consequences means we realize it and want to do whatever it takes. The rooster reminds me to start fresh every day, by seeking forgiveness.

“Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” (Matthew 26:36 NIV)

“Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!” Immediately a rooster crowed. “(Matthew 26:74 NIV)

“Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.” (Matthew 26:75 NIV)

“The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.” (Luke 22:61 NIV)

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All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted

All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted

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