Thursday, September 24: Do you love me?

Read John 21:15-19

Read John 21:15-19

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?"

"Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you."

Jesus said, "Feed my lambs."

Again Jesus said, "Simon son of John, do you love me?"

He answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you."

Jesus said, "Take care of my sheep."

The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?"

Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you."

Jesus said, "Feed my sheep. Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go." Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, "Follow me!"

Reflect

Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves him. The first time, Jesus questions Peter's willingness to put Jesus first in his life. The second time, Jesus gives Peter another opportunity to personally submit himself to Jesus. The third time, Jesus uses a word that's often translated as brotherly love. In effect he asks Peter, "Are you my friend?" Jesus doesn't settle for quick, superficial answers. He has a way of getting to the heart of the matter.

Respond

How would you respond to Jesus asking you today, "Do you truly love me?" Do you really love him? Are you his friend?

 

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