John 21:17 – Do You Love Me?

Context: Peter has denied Jesus three times, and Jesus asks him three times to reaffirm his love and recommissions him.

John 21:17 – (Jesus) said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?”  Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to Him, “Lord, You know everything; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.”

Observations:

  • Peter was grieved that Jesus would question his love for Him.
  • We show our love for Jesus in how we love His sheep.  Yesterday I taught the same truth out of John 15:9-17.

Application: I fear the performance factor in my ministry role.  I am grieved to think that I have gone through seasons of looking for others’ approval above seeking to love and feed them God’s Word.  I want to spend time this week meditating on Jesus’ basic command “Feed my sheep.”

Prayer: Lord, I love You!  Remove every other motivation and give me the ability to feed Your sheep.

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