Ever made a decision that you knew was bad, but you did it anyway? And then, when the decision is carried out, you’re hit with total heart break over it? Yeah? Well, Judas did too. He sold Jesus out for money, and then regretted it.
The problem is, He still didn’t understand Jesus, even in his sadness and guilt.
Peter denied Jesus three times, but later Jesus offers him the chance to be forgiven, and he goes on to lead the church.
Judas would have been offered the same forgiveness, had he been willing to face the pain. But he took the quick way out, and missed out on redemption. His shortcut ended any chance of forgiveness and joy.
So, what will you and I do today? We will make mistakes. We always do. But what we do after those mistakes is the crucial part. Do we run from them, create shortcuts, deny God, and ultimately let our mistakes destroy us and kill us? Or, like Peter, will we be broken by our mistakes, and give God the chance to redeem us and offer us forgiveness?
Mistakes are universal. We all blow it. We all wander off on our own, sell God out, and deny Him at times. It’s called sin. It is going to happen to each of us today, at some point. But how we respond is what tells the world Who we belong to. Judas was sad for selling out Jesus, but He still didn’t trust Him. Peter did.
When you blow it today, will you turn towards Jesus, or away from Him? It makes all the difference between life and death.