“Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said. But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said. Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.” He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!” After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.” Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!” Immediately a rooster crowed. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.” ~ Matthew 26:69-75
I know I’m not the only one who gets goosebumps when reading this passage. How can Peter deny Jesus after voicing his love to Him? Then it hit me, that many have done this same denying of Christ in different ways.
Far too many times we proclaim with our mouth just how much we love the Lord. However many times our actions prove otherwise. Genuine love is sincere and transparent. It’s being your true self and loyal. It’s sticking to what you have spoken regardless of the persecutions that will arise against you. It’s saying I love you and I will prove it with my actions. Perfect love has no room for fear! Is truly carrying our cross and not wearing it as an accessory.