Peter knew the power of Jesus’ forgiveness. After swearing that he would never forsake Jesus, he slept through prayer and then denied and abandoned Jesus. Paul mentions, almost as an aside, Jesus’ private appearance to Peter after his resurrection. What this must have meant to Peter! Have you known forgiveness this complete? How has it transformed your life?
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas [Peter], and then to the Twelve.—1 Corinthians 15:3-5
Prayer: Oh Jesus, thank You for forgiving me and restoring me! Thank You for Your mercy and grace. Thank You for the opportunity to show my love for You by serving others in Your name. May I extend the forgiveness and grace You have shown me to others. I pray in Your name, Amen.