And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. So Peter went out and wept bitterly. (Luke 22:61-62)
Who we are when no one is looking is who we really are. Have you ever been caught with your hand in the proverbial cookie jar? Can you remember the feeling of being discovered? You find yourself speechless, and guilt ridden. It is an awful feeling. The problem is that we need to have that awful feeling for the deed, not the discovery. We are to have remorse for the action, not the result of the action. Has the cock crowed in your ear? Maybe your third denial came from breaking your promise of faithfulness to your spouse, a friend, or God. In your unfaithfulness Jesus turns and looks at you. There is only one thing to do, “weep bitterly,” confess your sin, and seek repentance. Realize that you must have the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome. Never forget, in the midst of his denial, “The Lord turned and looked at Peter,” and He turns and looks at you.