Some two thousand years ago Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love me?” Not once, but three times Jesus asked this of Peter, and three times Peter replied, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
One may question, why did Jesus ask this three times?
Why wasn’t one “yes” enough for Jesus?
Was Jesus so insecure that he needed to hear Peter, say it three times?
Of course not. Jesus was trying to teach Peter a valuable lesson about true love.
This account is found in John chapter 21. When reading the story, we notice after each “yes” from Peter, Jesus says, “Feed my lambs,” “Take care of my sheep,” and lastly “Feed my sheep.” In doing this, I believe Jesus is trying to convey to Peter that, true love is not how you feel, or what you say, but rather, true love is what you do. True love is action.
I think it probable, Jesus asks us the same question, many times a day, and it’s not an answer he seeks, but rather a response.
We prove our love for Jesus, when we take care of his people.
My Daily Prayer: Lord, as I go through this day, help me to hear your question, “Do you love me?” May I hear it when I see the hungry, the poor, the lonely, and may I love you, by loving them. Jesus, fill me, that I may be you, to all those around me. In your beautiful name I ask, Amen.