Confessing Betrayal

Luke 22:55-62

55 When they had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, Peter sat among them. 56 Then a servant-girl, seeing him in the firelight, stared at him and said, “This man also was with [Jesus].” 57 But he denied it, saying, “Woman, I do not know him.” 58 A little later someone else, on seeing him, said, “You also are one of them.” But Peter said, “Man, I am not!” 59 Then about an hour later still another kept insisting, “Surely this man also was with him; for he is a Galilean.” 60 But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are talking about!” At that moment, while he was still speaking, the cock crowed. 61 The Lord turned and looked at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times.” 62 And he went out and wept bitterly.

As humans, even as disciples who have given our lives to God, we are not unlike Peter. We make mistakes. We fail to do the things required of us—love God, love our neighbors—and we do things that we shouldn’t—hurt others, or the earth.

These betrayals of God’s call can weigh heavy on our hearts, causing us grief and creating a barrier between us and God. But that barrier is self-constructed. God will always accept our confessions and forgive us, fully and lovingly.

Write a confession of wrongdoing to God on a piece of paper. Then, draw a heart around it and color it in, remembering that God’s grace has already found you.