And the Lord turned and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the words of the Lord, how He said unto him, before the cock crow, thou shall deny Me thrice. And Peter went out and wept bitterly.
Luke 22:61 & 62
Peter developed into the sturdy Christian he became because of a broken heart. Many times those around us who seem most serene and untroubled come to this acceptance of life by way of a broken heart. Some of the richest gifts of life are discovered only through profound and humbling sorrow. In the mystery of Christ's dealing with us, our cowardice, our untruthfulness, our selfish egotism, or any other sin once revealed to our conscience for what it really is, and truly repented of, becomes the occasion of a new life for our souls through God's chastening grace. By repentance and forgiveness we may enter into a deeper spirituality, a more intimate communion with God, a stronger character for ourselves and a finer sympathy for others.
Taken from the Book: "Today, Lord, I Will"