"The LORD turned and looked upon Peter and Peter went out and wept bitterly. Luke 22:61,62    

In Jerusalem, in Galilee, beyond Jordan, wherever Jesus went, His holy eyes were compelled to look upon human woe, for sin everywhere. How this must have pained Him, for the Holy One must urn from sin in horror. Indeed, His eyes often flashed with holy anger when He stood in the presence of cruelty, blasphemy, hypocrisy, and rejection.    

But in His Savior love His eyes were filled with pity when He saw what sin had done to man, God's crowing creation. He wept bitter tears over the sins of Jerusalem. Tears poured form His eyes when He saw the devastating effect of sin at the grave of His good friend Lazarus.     Peter looked deep into the eyes of Jesus in the palace of the high priest and saw his own sin and the pleading, forgiving love of the Savior. Then his own eyes were washed with the refreshing tears of Christian repentance.    

Christian friends, When we look by faith into the eyes of Jesus, we know that He has a world of forgiving love for us too. He will love us and protect us against sin till journey's end. We in turn will direct our eyes from sin and let them rest only on "whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report."    

Though God provides the grace to win                                                                    And wants us all to grow,                                                                                             Unless we stay alert to sin,                                                                                          Defeat we're sure to know.  

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - If we feel no pain when we sin, we're worse off than we realize.