April 19, 2015

John 21_17

John 21:15-25

There are times when we are not real sure if someone truly loves us. They may say it; but, their actions might tell another story. In spite of the fact that Peter had sworn that he would never deny Jesus; he did deny him when confronted with the possibility of being recognized as a friend and follower of Jesus at his trial. Peter was afraid he might be persecuted with him. Notions of love flew out the window. When Peter realized what he had done, he repented. He was sorry for his sin.

Now, face to face with Jesus after his resurrection, Jesus asks him, “Simon Son of John, do you love me?” If you love me then do something about it. Feed my sheep.

Genuine love calls us to action. God so loves us that even while we were lost in sin, he sent his only Son to die for us. Jesus so loves us that he was willing to do the Father’s will even though it meant suffering and death for him. Now, Jesus calls Peter to action. If you love me, show me, feed my sheep.

Do you love Jesus? Feed his sheep.

Prayer: Dearest Jesus, help us to love even as you love us. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Judy Mattson, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Skanee, MI.

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