I think it’s an issue of pride versus humility.  I don’t want you to think that the horrible thing he did was okay, but the attitude that led up to it is what concerns me. So what am I talking about?  The account is found in Matthew 26, when Jesus is betrayed and arrested.  Jesus had already warned His disciples that the time of His betrayal had finally come.  He told them that He would be betrayed by one of them.  But the clincher came when He said that every one of them would abandon Him.  For Peter, that was simply unthinkable.  Peter spoke up and said that even if others abandoned Jesus, Peter never would.  When Jesus told Peter that Peter was even going to deny Jesus three times, Peter responded that he would not only stay with Jesus, but was willing to die for Jesus (Mat. 26:33-35).

Well, you know the rest of the story.  Peter, along with the other disciples, did indeed abandon Jesus.  When Jesus was arrested in the Garden, the disciples fled.  And what’s worse, Peter found himself denying Jesus three times before the night was over.

I don’t want to comment on the rightness or wrongness of what Peter did.  My concern is that we learn from self-confident pride that says, “I would never do that!”  Because dearly beloved, the truth is we are going to sin.  I’m not advocating sin.  But as hard as we try, we will still sin.  Pride won’t admit weakness.  Humility recognizes utter dependence on God to keep from sin.  Humility is not surprised when I sin.  It’s humility that confesses guilt and receives forgiveness.  It’s humility that goes on to serve Jesus.