Why Did Jesus Ask Peter "Do You Love Me?" - John 21:16
He said to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, love you me? He said to him, Yes, Lord; you know that I love you. He said to him, Feed my sheep.
- Thought on Today's Verse:
Whenever I read John 21:15-17, I will ponder why Jesus asked Peter three times: “Do you love me?” What is the Lord’s will?
Peter truly loved the Lord. When Jesus called upon Peter, he abandoned everything to follow Him and listened carefully to His teachings. When Jesus appeared to the people after He resurrected, Peter received His commission to shepherd the churches. In his last seven years, he went through hundreds of trials and refinements. Though Peter suffered a little in his flesh, he focused on understanding himself, changing his disposition and pursuing his love of God purer. It was because of his pursuit that he was willing to be crucified upside down for the Lord in the end. From asked Peter three times: “Do you love me?” , we can see that God not only hopes people can follow Him, but wants to gain man’s true hearts. God hopes those who truly follow Him can pursue to be the person like Peter and love God like Peter.
After understanding the Lord’s will behind His asking Peter “Do you love me?” three times, I cannot help thinking: Do we have true love for God? When our interests are in conflict with Jesus’ requirements, can we still practice His words? If we notice that we stray from the standard of loving God, then we need to pray to God more, read His words more, and understand His requirements and will, try our best to truly love God like Peter.
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