From the PastorExpand
We tend to judge Peter harshly when we come to the text of his denial of knowing Jesus, but the reality is we are guilty of doing the same thing in our lives.
We have all been in situations where we should have spoken up about Him or our faith and we chose to remain silent. We have been in situations where a simple acknowledgement of Jesus and our faith in Him would have caused others to look at us or judge us and we chose to keep silent. We have been under conviction in church services and the Holy Spirit was moving in our heart to go to the alter and we chose to remain still and keep silent. We are all guilty of the very thing wee often judge Peter of. We have all been there, scared of retaliation, not knowing what would happen if we spoke up, fear of being ridiculed or judged by others because of our faith.
It is not pretty, and we need to realize that others will always have something negative to say, but our God is bigger. The same God that brought Jesus out of the grave, is the same God who will give us strength to stand and speak on His behalf. Let us not be quick to judge because we are all guilty, but let us pray for strength to stand tall when we find ourselves in those situations