1Pe 2:3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. 4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, 5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
It strikes me that this former, rugged, cussing fisherman now shows this softer side, using words such as gracious and precious.
But that's what happens when those rough edges begin to get rounded off by God's grace. Not that Peter wasn't still a man's man. I mean, he chose inverted crucifixion as his preferred mode of crown receiving. He endured hardness as a good soldier. But the guy who used to smell like fish and sweat learned how to smell the roses of God's goodness.