Have you ever wondered if you really love Jesus the way He wants us to? Well, you can know this to be true or not if you are reading what Jesus said in the four gospels. In one instance, we have Jesus asking Peter if he loved him, then telling him that if he did to 2“feed my sheep” (John 21:16) and to 2“feed my lambs” (John 21:15). Which means to care for people in the church that have heard the voice of the Lord and are now following Him. So he was calling him to watch over the flock of Christ. He would do this by telling them the truth of God, that they may keep following Jesus and not go off course. Jesus also wanted him to visit them in their needs, encourage them, and pray for them as well. Sure, these three questions about Peter loving him could be because he also denied him three times. However, in any case, we can learn a great lesson from what Jesus asked of him. Just think of how Jesus came to him, after knowing he had just denied him. He said, 2“Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these.” (John 21:15) And then also, 2“Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me?” (John 21:16) So he called him by name and said, do you love me more than other people and your possessions. Based on his answer he would know if he truly loved him. This really had him thinking about his priorities and should do the same for us. Know that Jesus wants to know if we love Him as well. So do you love Jesus?
A few chapters back, Jesus helped us and his disciples back then know how to love Him. Jesus said, 1“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15) 1“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me. (John 14:21-24) 1“Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.” (John 14:28) Wow, so much rich knowledge is to gain here, even from the mouth of our King. Now we know that loving Jesus means keeping His commandments and doing what He says. We also love Him even while He is gone, for the Holy Spirit is with us now. However, people that don’t love Jesus, don’t do as He says. And this should cause people to worry if they are not in right standing with God now. Therefore, repent if you do not love Jesus, but only say you do.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I love You. I don’t just say this but mean it God. You are the best part of my life. No person or possession I own takes precedence over my love for You. For how can anything match the joy that You have delivered me. You are my greatest delight and I lift You up in praise. I know that if I have done anything good in this life, that it comes from You. In Your strength, I am able to care for needy and preach the gospel with boldness. Even Your commandments have become honey to my taste. I love to walk in Your ways and do as You say. Speak to me Lord, and I will obey. Whatever You wish to teach me, counsel me in, call me to do, ask me to help, comfort, pray for, love on, or teach, I am ready to answer Your call. Thank You so much for hearing my prayer two weeks ago and for helping this young lady give her life to You in prayer. I am so happy to know that she is reading the Bible daily now and cannot put it down. This is a testament about the Bible and how it is so powerful. Lord, the day that You first spoke to me I was in tears and ready for my next journey in life. I am now thrilled when I now hear Your voice, for You have something great in store for me. You are my God and I worship You. I am Your son and so blessed to be forgiven and have found grace and mercy in Your sight. I love You. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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