Turn around

Peter did a full turn around from someone who denied Jesus to someone who put their own life on the line to proclaim His name.

Acts 4.1-22

Reference:  v.20 "For we can not help speaking about what we have seen and heard." (NIV Bible)

Explore:  Have you ever been to a school reunion?  I know they are totally daunting experiences but the last one I went to I found very intriguing.  I was amazed at how many people were exactly the same!  I started to feel that maybe 10 years was too short a time between reunions.  Within 10 years there had been very little difference between most people.  However there were just a few people, scattered throughout all the groups, that had been totally transformed by their experiences outside of school.  They looked different, they presented themselves differently and they had a confidence that no one would have expected.
Peter had one of those experiences.  At the end of each of the gospels we can read an account of how Peter denies Jesus.  Asked three times whether he was with Jesus he firmly says 'no' and shys away from any association with such a man.
Only a month or so later we see this firm and confident disciple risking his life by standing up for his Saviour and redeemer.

Application:  Peter did a full turn around from someone who denied Jesus to someone who put their own life on the line to proclaim His name.  And because of that, God used Peter in a powerful way.
This is a great example of God forgiving us of the wrong we do in our past.  And no matter how dispicable it may be, even rejecting Jesus as He was stripped, beaten and taken to the cross, it can all be forgiven.  But God always goes that extra step in grace and confidence in us.  Not only does He forgive us from the terrible things we may do but He also trusts us to do His work here on earth.  Our God is an incredibly gracious and loving Lord.

Prayer:  Lord, I thank you for the grace you offer to me every day.  May I be faithful with the life you have given me and do all to be strong like Peter after the resurrection and never stop proclaiming your name.  Amen.

This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.