A lady is washing dishes at her kitchen sink when she notices her German shepherd jumping around in her back yard with something in his mouth. She realizes it’s the neighbors rabbit. They had been having some issues with the neighbors already and this was going to make it even worse. She grabs her broom and runs outside. She pries the rabbit lose from her dogs mouth with the broom and, the bunny being thoroughly dead, she takes it in the house and washes all the slobber and dirt off of it in the shower. Carefully she blow dries and combs it’s soft fur.
After an hour or so, the neighbor leaves for the grocery store and the lady hops the fence, gingerly propping the dead rabbit up in it’s cage. She returns to her own yard and the dishes. Some time passes and she finally hears the neighbor lady screaming. She runs outside and over to the fence. Feigning ignorance, she asks the neighbor what is wrong. The neighbor replies, “Oh, it’s the rabbit!” She screams, breathlessly. “It died a week ago and now it’s back!”
I couldn’t help but think about what we do and how it sometimes comes back to haunt us when I heard this joke. You said the wrong thing to someone at work and now the whole office is mad at you. The wife asks, “Does this make me look fat?” And of course you answered honestly. How unfair! Many times, we don’t even know what we said. But…Sometimes we do and boy do we wished we hadn’t.
And then we have to apologize, buy flowers, a box of chocolates, take them out to their favorite restaurant and so on. Seriously, I not whining (but it sure sounds that way). What I am trying to say is that we often do or say something we're forced to regret. Accepting that is half the battle.
Regret is a really big word. It causes a lot of pain. Ever think of the actions of Peter when he opened his mouth (sound familiar?) in front of the other disciples, swearing he would never turn his back on Jesus? In Matthew, chapter 26, Jesus told His disciples that the Word of God verified that He was to die and the “flock” would be scattered (Matt 26:31, MKJV). Peter, the guy I relate to the best, responded with “though all shall be offended because of You, I will never be offended.” Offended here means to stumble or fall away from. That’s when Jesus told him he’d deny him 3 times before morning (rooster crows, vs. 34). Peter responded that he’d would gladly die for Jesus’ name. But when all was said and done, Peter did just as Jesus said he would do.
How many times have I denied Christ in some form or other? Countless times. We often use Peter as an example of what not to do. However, remember that Peter did great things for the Kingdom of God. Including becoming the first Pastor, writing a couple of the New Testament Books, and being a miracle worker in the Book of Acts. But, I can guarantee, he regretted the things he’d said…Just like I do.
When we say things that come back to us, the only thing we can do to change them is to admit what we have done. Don’t try to dig the hole any deeper…You’re standing in it. And don’t let your stumbling words do you in. Jesus welcomed Peter back with open arms, he’ll welcome you as well.
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