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Jesus asked Do you love Me

This week I want to start off with some verses, 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, “Feed my lambs.”  He said to him 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, “Tend my sheep.”  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 everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.  Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.”  (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.” John 21:15‭-‬19 In these verses Jesus asks Peter three times if he loves Him, the exact number Peter denied Jesus. I think sometimes in our lives Jesus is asking do you love Me, what will your answer be? He asks us if we love Him when He offers us salvation. He loved you enough to die for you, do you love Him enough to have a relationship with Him? Jesus asks do you love Me enough to share the gospel and also when He reveals His plans for you. So what will your response to Jesus be, will you say you love Him and be prepared for what He asks or will you choose to walk away from the question, which is so easy to do in today’s world. It is so easy to do because when we hear the question we can run to distractions and drown out His voice. Probably days before this interaction the disciples were questioning what they were going to do with their lives, now that Jesus was gone. Would they go back to their old lives that they had lived just three years ago before being called, which now probably felt like a distant memory. Because when you meet Jesus how can your life ever be the same. It’s not that we will not fall, but we must get back up. After this passage Peter knew what He was going to do with the rest of his life, he was going to teach and lead the church. Pray and See what your path is with Jesus and He will make your path straight. This week maybe Jesus is asking if you love Him. Or possibly your answer is  that you do not know Him or you have questions about your future, bring them to Jesus and let Him guide you to the path He has for you. Whoever you are and wherever you are in your faith, come to Him and even in these uncertain times you can be on the sturdiest rock ever.

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