In (John 21) we see the first encounter between Jesus and Peter after Peter’s denial of Jesus when Jesus needed him most. What would you expect to happen here? And how would most people treat Peter in this situation?
Wellll, Jesus applies to Peter the greatest healing force in the universe, the unconditional love of God. It’s not completely tender, I pick up some tough love in the questions Jesus asks Peter. But, nonetheless, it is love, when Peter deserved anything but.
When you have someone (a friend, a church member) who is really caught in sin, what do you apply? Judgment? Pointing out their sins so you can be sure they know? Why not follow the lead of Jesus and try the upside-down, outrageous, contagious grace that only God can provide, that explodes in people’s hearts and that changes their lives forever? Just ask Peter.