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Wednesday, May 20 2015
John in his gospel documented a conversation between Jesus and Peter.  He wrote:
 
John 21:15-17 KJV
[15] So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. 
[16] He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 
[17] He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
 
When we speak of love, it conjures up feelings in all of us.  Some are searching for the love and some have already found it.  It's use as a word can be found on opposite ends of the spectrum including friends and acquaintances casually speaking their love for each other to husband and wives expressing their deep love for the other.
 
So what is love?
 
Aristotle said, "Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies."
 
Is love a choice?  
 
Do we choose to love someone?
 
Is it chemistry?
 
These are age old questions, but the Bible gives us insight. The Apostle Paul defines love in 1 Corinthians:
 
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NKJV
[4] Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 
[5] does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 
[6] does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 
[7] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 
[8] Love never fails...
 
Husbands are instructed to love their wives...
 
Ephesians 5:25 KJV
[25] Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
 
Colossians 3:19 KJV
[19] Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
 
But where does Jesus fit into our love?
 
John wrote that love is the very essence of God...
 
1 John 4:8 KJV
[8] He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
 
We understand that God loves us...
 
John 3:16 KJV
[16] For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
 
Jude 1:21 KJV
[21] Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
 
But what about LOVING JESUS?
 
  • Do we come to church because we LOVE Him?
  • Do we pray because we LOVE Him?
  • Do we worship because we LOVE Him?
  • Do we give because we LOVE Him?
Loving Jesus is not...
 
  • Casual
  • Without sacrifice
  • A once a week relationship
  • Lip service
  • Easy
Loving Jesus is...
 
Deuteronomy 6:5 KJV
[5] And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
 
John 14:15 KJV
[15] If ye love me, keep my commandments.
 
Luke 9:23-25 KJV
[23] And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. 
[24] For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. 
[25] For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?
 
 
Loving Jesus is a choice.
 
Loving Jesus is sacrifice.
 
Loving Jesus is about obedience
 
Loving Jesus is putting Him before all others.
 
Loving Jesus is the greatest thing that you will ever do.
 
Why choose to love Jesus?
 
Matthew 11:28-30 KJV
[28] Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 
[29] Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 
[30] For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
 
John 10:10-11 KJV
[10] The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. 
[11] I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
 
1 John 4:4 KJV
[4] Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
 
Matthew 25:46 KJV
[46] And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
 
In John 21, Jesus is asking Peter if he loved Him more than fish.  Peter was a fisherman.  His income was based on the amount of fish that he caught.
 
If Peter did not catch fish, he and his family did not eat.  Perhaps, they would lose their house and all their belongings, so Jesus' question was a very pointed question to Peter's very being, his identity.
 
  • Peter do you love me more than supporting your family?
  • Peter do you love me more than your earthly possessions?
  • Do you love me more than your occupation?
  • Do you love me enough to be obedient to my Word?
 
If you know the story of Peter, he was used mightily by God to preach the gospel.  He was not educated nor was he from the best part of town, but Jesus chose Peter.  Jesus "handed" Peter the keys to the Kingdom and it was Peter that opened the gospel to every race on Earth.
 
During Peter's life, he was jailed and eventually executed for his love of Jesus.   He was used to bring Apostolic revival during the first century church. Jesus asked, "Peter, lovest thou me more than these?". Peter's answer, "Yea, Lord", proved to be correct.
 
If Jesus asked you, "{Your first name}, do you love me more than {the most imortant thing in your life}?", what would be your answer?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Posted by: Pastor Robert P. Eaby, Jr. AT 11:03 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
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