Do You Love Me?
"When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said: 'Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?' He said to Him, 'Yes, Lord; You know I love You.' He said to him, 'Feed My lambs.'" (John 21:15)
Love makes PLEASING JESUS your greatest DESIRE.
"Therefore that disciple that Jesus loved said, 'It is the Lord!' When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he was stripped for work) and threw himself into the sea ... for they were about one hundred yards from the land" (John 21:7-8).
Love is always seen in ACTION.
"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, 'Shepherd My sheep'" (John 21:16).
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).
GIVING allows EVERYONE to be in the ministry.
"He said to him a third time, 'Simon, son of John, do you love Me?' Peter was grieved because He said to him a third time, 'Do you love Me?' And he said to Him, 'Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.' He said to him, 'Tend My sheep.'" (John 21:17)
- GIVING allows EVERYONE to be in the ministry.
Love never COMPARES. Love refuses to RATIONALIZE. Instead, it ACTS.
"So Peter, seeing him said to Jesus, 'Lord, what about that man?' Jesus said to him, 'If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me!'" (John 21:21-22)
"He who has My commandments and keeps them, he is it who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father and I will love him and reveal Myself to him" (John 14:21).