So Peter Cursed

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Peter was told by Jesus that he would deny Him three times. Peter, along with the others stated that there was no way that they would do so. However, very shortly the mob comes for Jesus and the sheep are scattered. Peter seeks to follow Jesus and the religious mob afar off. While Jesus is being scorned and mocked by the religionists of the day Peter is warming his hands with the world around a fire. He was accused two times by one of the maids of the high priest to be a follower of Jesus. He denied Jesus both of these times. However, over the course of the night those around Peter were most certain that he was a follower of Jesus and was a Galilean. Some of them said to Peter, “Surely thou art one of them, for thou art a Galilaean, and thy speech agreeth thereto.” I suppose Peter must have had a distinct accent because of where he was from and this only solidified their suspicions that Peter was likely to be a follower of Jesus. Peter, who obviously is being guided by his fear, must do something to convince these people that he was not a follower of Christ. He apparently could not hide the fact that he was from Galilee because of his accent. We read in Mark 14:71 what Peter does next to convince them that he was not a follower of Jesus: “But he bagan to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak.” Peter knew that if he began to use foul language that they would think that he didn’t know Jesus. When we use foul words it tells others that we are not a follower of Jesus. It’s a terrible testimony to say that you are a follower of Christ and then use foul language. This gives evidence that our hearts are not right with God. Jesus said that out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Peter’s heart got away from his Lord as he sought to follow Jesus afar off and this led to his denial of Him. If we have foul mouths I’m most certain that we are not following Jesus very closely and it will convince people that we do not know Him.