Thursday, June 13, 2013

Word of the Day... June 13, 2013


So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My lambs.”  He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Tend My sheep.  John 21:15-17

After they were finished eating Jesus asked Peter if he loved Him and when I looked the word love up her it is the agape love which is a perfect unconditional love. The perfect kind of supreme love that God has for us.

Maybe Jesus was asking Peter if he loved Him more than his livelihood.  I think that Jesus is asking everyone of us, do you love me more than our profession? Do we love Jesus more than the having the height of success in our field of work?

Or maybe “these” could refer to the other people in his life.  Do you love me more than your friends?

Then Peter said “Yes Lord I love (phileo) You. In the Greek phileo is a fondness for someone.  It is a brotherly love but not the unconditional love that Jesus has for each one of us. So Peter was telling the Lord that he was fond of Him.

Then Jesus told him to "feed my lambs".

The Lord is interested in getting His lambs fed.  When we share Jesus with people and they come to the Lord we should feed them like Jesus said to.  The very best way I can think of to feed someone is through study in the Bible and then discussing it.  The Word is our food and the more of the Word we eat the stronger we become.

Then Jesus asked Peter again.  ‘Peter do you love (agape) me?”

Peter answered Him.  Lord you know that I love (phileo) you.  I am fond of You.

Then Jesus told him to take care of His sheep.

Then Jesus asked him a third time: “Peter do you love (phileo) me?  Using the same word that Peter had used when he answered Jesus.

It hurt Peter deeply that Jesus had reduce Himself to Peter's level.

God will always meet us on whatever level we will meet Him. It is tragic when we bring God down to our level, rather than our rising to His level.  God will meet us on whatever level we will meet Him, and He will do His best for us on that level. I'm convinced that we often limit that work of God in our lives, because we won't rise to the level that God wants us to dwell upon.

Jesus will meet us right where we are. He will love us on the level that we allow Him to. And God would have us to live life in the highest plane. He'd draw us to His level if we would allow Him to. How can we show the Lord how much we love Him?  By keeping His commandments and feeding His sheep.


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