August 19, 2012
John 21:17 (NLT)
A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.
Observation:  Peter has denied Jesus. Now comes the moment of forgiveness, mercy, restoration.
Application:  Peter does what we all have done or will do…denies or betrays Jesus. It is not a question of if, but only when. We are human and frail and we mess up.  Always. And I have had my times. Jesus seeks to pardon and restore me, too. He asks of me, what he asked of Peter: Michael, son of George, do you love me? And my answer to his question matters profoundly.
Prayer:  Yes, Lord, I love you. I love you more than I ever thought possible. And, I love you less than I wish was true. I want to love you more. Help me love you more. More than anything else. More than riches or power or status or fame. More than anyone else. More than life itself. I would have no other gods before you. In the powerful and loving name of Jesus.

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