Last Sunday was a great reminder, in looking at the life of Peter, at how the Lord responds to believers who blow it time after time. Psalm 86:15 says,
“But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.”
What an encouraging truth! But it’s also noteworthy to consider this insight about Peter: for all of the times he blew it and the Lord rebuked him, he never became defensive or excused his actions. He had a teachable heart.
That is so important for spiritual growth. Proverbs 9:8 says,
“Do not reprove a scoffer or he will hate you. Reprove a wise man and he will love you.”
How you respond to rebuke shows whether you are wise or foolish. Galatians 2:11-21 records another embarrassing experience for Peter, when he was wrong and was rebuked by the apostle Paul. But again, Scripture does not record Peter becoming defensive or downplaying what he did. Instead, he received it and later spoke of Paul with nothing but love and appreciation (2 Peter 3:15-16).
Pray that you would have a teachable heart, that you would receive the truth spoken into your life even when it’s hard to hear, so that you may continue to grow in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).