Even the feelings of guilt are forgiven with Jesus!
I am just as guilty as Peter. No, I may not verbally deny Him, but my daily actions prove I am not as committed as I should be. I disappoint Him. I disappoint everyone for that matter! I disappoint myself the most. I know the right thing to do and more than occasionally blow it!!!!
I often wonder what Paul was saying in his do/do not rant. (Romans 7:15-20) I wonder if his struggles were anything like mine? Was it relationships? Was it sexual? Was it spiritual? Was it his past? Was he lonely, bitter, ashamed? Even with Peter....he was so ashamed! But he did not give up as Judas did. He may have avoided things after Christ was crucified, but he did not give up. More importantly, Jesus did not give up on him!
He said to him the third time, Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time,Will we accept Jesus' forgiveness or not . . . Even feelings of guilt? Will we "Follow Him?"