The story of Peter is an important “case study” of God’s persistent love to heal and transform an individual. Of all the disciples, Peter was the most vocal in his desire that Jesus become a “prize fighter” Messiah. When Jesus warned of his coming suffering and crucifixion, it was Peter that scolded him. Finally, when Jesus rebuked Peter for using the sword it was too much for him to handle and, for a time, he gave up all hope and publically denied Jesus. The way that God won Peter back reveals the intensity of God’s efforts with each and every human soul – never giving up, always forgiving, even some “tough love” if that is what it takes.