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.” John 21:17
After the resurrection, Jesus had asked Peter three times if he loved Him. Each time Peter would reply that he did. Each time Jesus would also tell him to feed His sheep.
Saying that a person loves someone is easy to say. People say that they love someone all the time. Yet, the love being shown is usually very selfish and not real love. It is about what person is getting that the person loves, not always the person directly.
People all over the world claim to love Jesus. They claim to be believers in Him and claim to be His follower. However, many of those same people are not doing what He told them to do.
Belief and love of Jesus is often done for selfish reasons. People do not want to be condemned or go to hell for all eternity, so they believe in Jesus. This is a good beginning, but it should not be the end.
Once a person begins to believe in Jesus, his love for Him must grow. True love looks out for the other person, not self. True love is self-sacrificing for the other person.
Jesus had one goal in mind when He came to this earth and that was to seek and save all the lost. He wants to feed and build up every person to be more like Him. Jesus sacrificed Himself for every person on this earth.
Believers, today, must be willing to sacrifice themselves for Jesus now. This means putting their own desires aside to truly love Him and do what He asked them to do…feed His sheep.
If you are a believer in Jesus and claim to love you, what are you doing? Are you doing what He asked you to do?
Jesus told every person to go and make disciples of all the world. He said to build and not destroy.
Each day God gives you the opportunity to feed into someone else’s life the word of God. You have the opportunity to be His witness each day.
Do you really love Jesus?
Or do you just claim you do?
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will love Jesus with true love; that you will follow the commission of Jesus; and that you will feed everyone you can the truth of Jesus and build them up in Christ.
Jesus replied, “Anyone wo loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.” John 14:23
As Jesus was getting ready to be betrayed and crucified, He told the disciples that He would be leaving soon. He tells them several times to obey His teachings. Now He says that whoever loves Him will obey Him.
People all over the world follow a lot of different people. Some will follow a sports team, others a singer or actor. Still others will follow some business person or politician. The list of what they will follow is endless.
One thing that is common with all of these people they follow is that they love the person or group they are following. They want to know all they can about that person.
Along with many people following a lot of other people, there are many who claim to follow and love Jesus.
However, Jesus takes the idea of loving Him and following Him a step further. Whoever claims to love Him must obey His teachings. Jesus did not come to just entertain people, but to bring them life and show them how to live a full life for God.
It is easy for a person to claim to love Jesus or to say they will follow Jesus. It is another thing to actually love Jesus and truly follow Him. A lot of people will claim to believe in Jesus, however, very few will actually obey His teachings.
Jesus set up a way to know if a person really does love Him. That way is to obey what He was teaching.
Every word that Jesus spoke was for teaching and building people up. He spoke about ways to not be and ways to be. He spoke about how to act and how to not act.
As a believer, your purpose on this life should match that of what the purpose of Jesus was–to love and obey God and to love all people. Showing love to all people will be seen in bringing the gospel message to every person.
As you go through your life, prove that you truly do love Jesus, don’t just claim to love Him. Show your love by doing what Jesus commanded. Live your life as Jesus lived His on this earth. Do you really love Jesus?
I pray today that you will know the teachings of Jesus; that God wills strengthen you to obey His commands; that you will love as Jesus loved you; and that you will obey all that Jesus commanded.
“We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.” 1 John 2:3
In many countries there are many people who will openly state that they know Jesus. In some countries they cannot do it openly because it is against the law. While many will state that they know Jesus, not everyone really knows Jesus.
There are people who have met some famous person for about two minutes and was able to say hi to that person. Now they go around saying that they know that person. Do they really know that person? Not at all. They are just an acquaintance. There really is no knowledge of the person.
John says that if you really know Jesus you will keep His commands. What does knowing Jesus have to do with keeping His commands?
When you spend a lot of time with a person you learn what they like and do not like. You really learn who that person is and what his heart is about. The same goes for getting to know Jesus. The more time you spend with Him and really get to know Him, the more you will learn what is heart is about.
The heart of Jesus is all about saving you and the rest of the world from sin and death. His heart is being a servant to accomplish this task of saving everyone.
Think about how great His love for you must be for Jesus to be willing to leave heaven to come to this earth to save you. Think about how great His love must be for you to be willing to die a painful death on the cross.
When you start to realize how great the love of Jesus is for you, you will want to return that love to Him. You will want to love Him just as much. Loving Jesus will show up when you obey Him, when you do what He says.
If you are not doing what Jesus says, you really don’t know or love Him. The reality of His love for you has not made it to your heart if you do not obey Him. It comes down to the fact that you do not know Him yet.
Do you really KNOW Jesus?
Or do you just know Him?
I pray today that God will give you a new vision of who Jesus is; that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will have a new love for Jesus; and that you will do whatever Jesus wants you to do.