When Jesus came to Peter after he had denied Him three times, Jesus didn’t shake Peter and say, “Don’t you know I love you!” No, He reminded Peter of how much he loved the Lord. Three times He asked him, “Do you love Me?” and each time Peter responded with an emphatic “Yes, Lord you know I love You!” So often when people around us fall into sin, we try to convince them that God still loves them. Maybe we assume they have forgotten. We try to encourage them thinking that it will bring them back to serving God again. Although we mean well, we must imitate what Jesus did in order to see them return to the faith. Many of us know how much God loves us, we just have trouble remembering how much we love Him, especially when we fall. The enemy speaks in our ears and tells us, “If you really loved God you wouldn’t have done what you did! You don’t really love Him like you say you do!” So when we come to them proclaiming the truth that they do love God, it puts to silence the lies of the devil and sets them free to love and serve God again. No matter what you have done in the past, remind yourself that you love God. Just as Peter was later used by God to win thousands of souls to the Lord and even his shadow caused people to be healed, you never know how God will mightily use you once you become fully convinced that you truly love Him. Find those around you who have fallen and ask them one question, “Do you love Him?” Watch them break down as Peter did, because they will discover to their surprise that they do!
“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.” (John 21:17 NLT)
Prayer: Father, thank You for loving me and washing me clean of all sin, guilt and shame. I love You and I am so thankful You have restored me to Your love. Help me restore those around me who have fallen and bring them back to a growing relationship with You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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