Since we are still celebrating our Savior rising from the dead, I have chosen John 21:17, "Lord, You know everything; You know that I love You."
Peter had denied that he knew Jesus three times. After his resurrection, Jesus asked Peter three times, "Do you love me?" Peter knew what he had done that terrible night. He knew he had failed his Savior. Jesus needed to impress on Peter's mind that he was forgiven, not because Peter was sorry for what he had done, but because of Jesus' love for Peter. Peter no longer dared to make big promises as he had before, but he could honestly say that he loved Jesus. That is how it is with true faith.
Those who have decided or given their heart to the Lord, as people commonly say, believe strongly in the beginning that they are now on the safe side. They know, as Peter had, what they want and to whom they belong. As Peter did, they fall into some sin, effectively denying the Lord as Peter did. They live their lives under the burden of guilt, as Peter did.
Just as he did Peter, Jesus teaches us to forget thinking we are above falling into sin because of our faith in Jesus. We will fall into sin no matter how hard we try. So while we pay an earthly price for sin, we need to remember that Jesus still loves us. He died for us. He still forgives us. Go, bear the fruit of the Spirit.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Lord, you know everything about me. You know my weaknesses, how often I fall into sin. You know that I love you. I know that you love me, for you have told me in words recorded in the Bible that is so. Thank you, Jesus, for all you have done. In your holy name, I pray. Amen.