He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time…. And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. —John 21:17
Do you love the Lord Jesus Christ—really? Now I know we sing that we do. We sing things that aren’t very true sometimes. Do you really love Christ?
A half-comical answer was given to Moody one time when he inquired of a man on the street, “Do you love Jesus?” He answered, “I have nothing against Him.” I think that is about as far as a lot of people go. We have nothing against Jesus, but can we say we love Him?…
When I read the writings of the old mystics and the devotional writers and hymn writers of the Middle Ages and later, I get sick in my heart and I tell God, “God, I’m sorry; I apologize and I’m ashamed. I don’t love You the way these loved You.” Read the letters of Samuel Rutherford… and then see how sick it’ll make you. You’ll fold that book shut and get down on your knees very likely and say, “Lord Jesus, do I love You at all considering that this was love? Then what have I, what have I got?” SAT075-077
Lord, I wonder if I really know anything about love. Give me a tender heart that I might love You as I should. Amen.