A third time Jesus said to Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love Me?”
Peter became sad because Jesus had asked him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’, and so he said to Him, “Lord, You know everything; You know that I love You!”
– John 21:17
I put myself in Peter’s place. Here I am, in front of my Lord, Jesus; He looks at me with His loving and penetrating eyes and He asks me directly, calling me by my name, “…do you love Me?”
If I truly believe that Jesus is the Son of God, then like Peter, I am also fully aware that He already knows what my reply will be. I also believe that whatever my answer is, Jesus knows whether it is the truth…or not.
When that moment arrives – and it will – will I be able to look at the Lord and reply like Peter did, with humility and honesty, and say to Him “Lord, You know that I love You” ? Will I?
Jesus, my Lord,
I believe You are the Son of the Living God,
the great I AM.
Lord, I know You love me,
I know You died on that Cross – for me.
But…do I love You back?
You know everything, my Lord,
You know me inside out.
Please send Your Holy Spirit upon me, Lord,
to teach me how to truly love You.
Come, Holy Spirit. Come.