Quiet Spirit: Hello, today we have as a special guest Simon Peter. He has some interesting bits of information to share with us. Thank you for stopping in and visiting with us today.
Simon Peter: Thank you for inviting me to join you and your readers.
Q.S.: Peter, what can you tell us about your family and your background?
S.P.: My family came from Bethsaida. I lived in Capernaum. My father John was a fisherman. My brother Andrew and I followed our father into the fishing industry.
Q.S.: Did your meeting Jesus change you as a person? If it did could you share with us how?
S.P.: Yes, meeting Him changed who I was. Before I met Him, my life was focused on our trade. If I had a bad catch of fish, I didn’t handle it well. Because of this bad attitude, Andrew and I had rocky times. I even took out my frustrations on my wife and family. Knowing Him also changed how I looked at other people. However, I have to say, I never became ‘perfect’.
Q.S.: Why did Jesus give you a new name?
S.P.: I have often wondered about that. He must have seen something in me that I didn’t know was there. The name He gave me meant “Rock”; I was not a strong person. In fact, I could have been considered shallow and impulsive by those who knew me. I’m sorry to say that all that impulsiveness took over when Jesus was arrested and tried.
Q.S.: Are there things about yourself that you wish had been different about who you were?
S.P.: Yes, there are a few things. I wish I would not have spoken without thinking as much as I did. The Master really tried to set me straight when I almost argued with him when he told us he would be leaving us. Then, when I denied knowing Him those three times. I instantly felt regret for doing it. However, He forgave me. I can’t forget that.
Q.S.: How did you feel when Jesus forgave you?
S.P.: At first, I didn’t understand the reasoning behind his asking me the same question three times. Then I realized that he was forgiving me for each time I denied Him. Once I realized what He did, I felt very thankful for His choosing that way. Because He forgave me, I could forgive others.
Q.S.: Simon Peter, thank you for stopping in and sharing with us.
S.P.: Thank you for inviting me.