Read Matthew 26:69-75
69 Now Peter sat outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came to him, saying, “You also were with Jesus of Galilee.”
70 But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you are saying.”
71 And when he had gone out to the gateway, another girl saw him and said to those who were there, “This fellow also was with Jesus of Nazareth.”
72 But again he denied with an oath, “I do not know the Man!”
73 And a little later those who stood by came up and said to Peter, “Surely you also are one of them, for your speech betrays you.”
74 Then he began to curse and swear, saying, “I do not know the Man!” Immediately a rooster crowed.
75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So he went out and wept bitterly.
For all those things My hand has made, And all those things exists," Says the Lord. "But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, And who trembles at My word (Isaiah 66:2)
Repentance is the action or process of being sorrowful, feeling pains or regretting, especially from misdeed or moral shortcomings. It is demanded by God on any break of His commandments. But many today, instead of them repenting of their misdeeds and shortcomings, they put up defence. They blame every other things or person but/except their misdeeds and shortcomings. Penitence is required for forgiveness not defence. Sinners should have a deep feeling of sadness for something done wrong, rather than blaming whatever.
Being defensive compounds issue. It hurts God and man badly than the misdeeds. Don't hurt man and God the more with your defence. You also need repentance at least because you can't afford not to do good in life (1 Jn. 1:9). Don't forget this is only one life you will ever live, the next is in eternity where what you do with your life here/now determines how you will live the life eternal (2 Cor. 5:10). Today is the day of salvation, value your today and consider what becomes of your tomorrow - life to come.
When Adam and Eve sinned, their inability to own up to the reality of their sins did not still stop God from judging them. Owning up will save you a lot of stress, don't pass the bulk. Open up to God and those that can help.
Peter did not give excuses. He did not put up defence but wept bitterly when he denied Christ. Israelites during the time of the judges took responsibilities for their sins and God's anger turned each time they repented of them.
Believers are therefore admonished that when we fall into sin, we should be grieved, confessed and ask for forgiveness. 'Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much'. James 5:16
1. Lord, forgive me of all my sins of self-defence, I genuinely ask for Your forgiveness O Lord.
2. Pray that God should restore as many that have fallen out of grace, have mercy on them and save their souls.
3. Pray for the revival of the Word of God and genuine repentance in the fold of Christ.