Today’s Reading: John (NIV)
16 Again Jesus said, “Simon, son of John, do you truly love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
When Jeff and I were first married, every now and then, I would ask him, “Honey, do you love me?” I guess he knew the answer I was hoping to hear when he would respond, “You know I love you!” We begin to understand what love really is, not just by the words we say, but in the way we choose to live it out each day.
How do you know when someone really loves you? We often recognize signs of love through the little kindnesses we experience in life. Someone calls just to see how you are doing; an unexpected email arrives with a message from a long-time friend. We express our love by how we choose to treat others in public and in private. Take time today to be especially aware of how you intentionally show love to the people whom God has placed in your path. Will they see Jesus living in you?
Simon Peter was a bit perplexed when Jesus asked the very same question a second time. Of course, Peter loved the Lord! Jesus replied, “If you really love me, you will care for my sheep.” Jesus places the responsibility that comes with real love squarely upon our shoulders. It is not enough to simply say we love Him if we are not willing to follow through with intentional acts of kindness and care.
So, who are Christ's sheep? They are the people Jesus came to save.
Grace and peace,
Faith UMC -
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