After a little while, those standing near said to Peter, “Surely you are one of them, for you are a Galilean.” He began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know this man you’re talking about.” Immediately the rooster crowed the second time. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows twice you will disown me three times.” And he broke down and wept. Mark 14:70b-72 NIV
Herein we see the final denial of Christ by Peter, the rock upon which Jesus said that He would build His church. Yes, even the rock stumbled and fell. So, do each of us who belong to Christ experience times when we stumble and fall. We might not be enslaved to sin, but we certainly are not removed from the allurement or enticement that it offers. Although we too will fall at times, just like Christ asked Peter three times if He loved Christ more than all the others, Christ shows us His love and compassion and forgiveness and we are asked “Do you love me more than these (those of this world)?” We must seek to get up when we fall, returning to the Lord with repentant hearts. He waits just as the Father of the prodigal son waited for the return of his son. Remember when you fall that it is not all over. Get up and return to the Lord. He waits for you with love and tender compassion.