by Stephen Whitney

Restored To Fellowship (5 of 7)
Series: Overcoming Failure - Lessons From The Life Of Peter
Stephen Whitney
John 21:15-19

We all sin and need to be restored to fellowship with God again. Our English word restored comes from the Latin re meaning again and stauro meaning to make strong. Webster defines restore as: ''to bring back to a former and better state; to repair; to rebuild; to heal; to revive; to re-establish; to put back in a former position.''

Sin breaks our fellowship with God because he is holy and cannot be in the presence of sin. After we have sinned our relationship with God must be restored again which begins with confession that we have sinned in breaking God's law and repentance in changing our mind and our behavior about the sin we committed.

I John 1:5-7 God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and not do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another.

Peter was a disciple of Jesus and for three years he spent time hearing him teach, seeing him heal those who were sick and experiencing miracles such as calming a storm on the Sea of Galilee. He thought his faith in Jesus was strong, but under pressure his sinful human nature caused him to deny him.

Bill Crowder wrote, ''Peter is so much like us. Right up to the final hours of his three years with Jesus, he struggled with failure. Yet that is not the end of Peter's story. As an expression of God's marvelous grace, the resurrected Christ sought out Peter and restored His dear friend to a lifetime of profitable service.''

God never gives up on us even when we fail him. He desires that we be restored to fellowship after we have sinned because he loves us and wants to use us to minister to others the grace of God.

Jeremiah 31:3 I have loved you with an everlasting love. George Matheson in 1882 expressed it in the hymn: O love that will n ...

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