Bold. Outspoken. Quick-tempered. Peter is all of these as well as insightful, gentle, and teachable. I think I’d like to be like Peter, bold, unafraid, and someone who doesn’t hesitate to share their voice. Being right or wrong doesn’t matter as much as being heard or contributing to the conversation. I want to be bold like that, but I fear I’m too much like the Peter who took his eyes off Jesus and focused on the waves.
People who succeed and fail spectacularly understand grace and humility in far deeper ways than we who play it safe. However, it is often in our greatest failures that we gain a greater understanding of grace, and Peter knew this.
Throughout the New Testament, we get to watch Peter’s faith grow. It’s a vital reminder that we must give ourselves room to learn from our mistakes. Imagine what the first century church would have looked like if Peter had condemned himself rather than receive Jesus’ call to grace.
Here are 8 stories from Peter's life that show us what spiritual growth looks like.
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