Every year as a church, we pray & fast corporately for 21 days to get clear direction from God for our lives and the new year. This year, we will be reading the book of John together (1 chapter a day). Today is Day 21.
Today’s Reading: John, Chapter 21
Author: Lee Wright
15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” 17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
John 21: 15-17
Jesus shares another great forgiveness story that we find in the New Testament. Jesus asked Peter three times, “Do you love me?” Peter was very hurt from having to answer because, before the crucifixion, Peter knew he had denied Jesus three times. Jesus gave Peter a path to redemption when He said, “Follow me.” What does this mean for you and me? It means that, even though we may have failed the Lord miserably, it is not too late.
We may have failed the Lord in the past, but today and beyond, Jesus will forgive us if we love & follow Him and repent.
Jesus already knew the answer to the question He asked Peter. He also knew that Peter would deny Him when Jesus needed Him the most. Even more, Jesus also knew that He would redeem Peter’s life once more regardless of Peter’s mistake. Even though Jesus is asking the question, “Do you love me,” He is actually showing His love for us. Isn’t that great news?
Thank you, Lord God, for your love and forgiveness for those who decide to follow Jesus. Lord, you know all things. You know that I love you.
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