Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me? John 21:16
Tony Evans wrote, “Our fundamental problem as Christians is not really obedience. Our problem is keeping our love for Christ fervent, for love makes obedience a delight. A decline in obedience is the outgrowth of a decline in love.”
Just before He returned to heaven, Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved Him. This is undoubtedly because Peter had earlier denied Jesus three times. But the question wasn’t to reassure Jesus. Jesus already knew the exact temperature of Peter’s love. He wanted to provide an opportunity for Peter to reaffirm and express his love. Jesus also wanted Peter to realize that genuine love would propel him into his future ministry of feeding Jesus’ sheep and tending Jesus’ flock.
We reaffirm our love for Jesus by telling Him we love Him, and by doing what He says. Furthermore, our love for Jesus will spill over into our human relationships. We love others because we love Him. Love is the energy of life. It motivates us in our service and in our servanthood.
When you are first a lover, God’s love will effortlessly energize your believing, and your believing will open to you the abundance in God’s healing Word. Larry M. Jaynes