I have always loved this passage of Scripture. It’s the restoration of Peter after he denied Jesus three times to total strangers. But I especially love what Jesus asks. He doesn’t say, “Simon, let Me hear your confession.” Or “Simon, are you ready to repent?” or even “Simon, do you still want to be My disciple?” Jesus simply asks for his exclusive affections.
Of course, Peter’s honest and sincere answer to this will also answer any of those other questions because Jesus knows that when we place our love on Him, everything else will follow. Jesus knew that if Peter would affirm his love he was indeed confessing his wrong, repenting of his sin, and committing to follow. Then Jesus commands Peter to take that love and pour it into those that would follow after.
It’s a simple question for all of us today. “Do we love Him more than these?”
Yes Lord, I love You,
Pastor Gerard Deleeuw