One morning, Simon Peter and six of the other Apostles, decided to go fishing. Jesus had risen from the dead and He had appeared to them twice. He had appeared to Peter in a one-on-one encounter. …
One morning, Simon Peter and six of the other Apostles, decided to go fishing. Jesus had risen from the dead and He had appeared to them twice. He had appeared to Peter in a one-on-one encounter. Now, He appeared to these men for the third time.
In the very early morning, they saw Jesus standing on the beach. When they recognized Him, Peter jumped in the water and swam to Him. The others brought the boat to shore and they all gathered around the fire Jesus had started. Then they saw that Jesus, always a servant, had cooked breakfast for them.
When they had eaten, Jesus spoke to Peter. “Do you love me, Simon?” He asked. Simon Peter answered, “Yes, Lord, I love you.” Again Jesus asked Peter, “Simon, do you love me?” Once more He answered, “Yes, Lord, I love you.” Jesus asked him a third time, “Do you love me, Simon?” Peter answered a third time and said, “Lord, you know that I love you.”
Each time Peter answered “Yes,” and each time Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.” Jesus was directing Peter to demonstrate his love by serving His people.
Jesus taught a very clear way of demonstrating our love for Him. He said, “Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me.” (John 14:21)
Regardless of how many times we say we love Him, the only way we can truly declare it is by keeping His Word. If we love Him, we are serving Him. It is not enough to simply say we love the Lord. The real evidence of our love is our keeping His word.
John wrote, “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands.” (2 John 1:6 NIV)
He has asked you the same question He asked Peter. What was your answer?
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