Jesus, I Love You

i love you illustration
 
“When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 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 to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep.”   John 21:15-17
 
A story is told of an elderly couple who had been married for many years. One night while watching TV together, the woman said to her husband with sadness in her voice, “Why don’t you tell me that you love me anymore?” Perplexed by the question, because the man loved his wife deeply, he responded by saying, “I told you when we got married that I loved you. If that changes, I’ll let you know.”
 
While the man loved his wife, he failed to understand her need to have that love affirmed. It is unlikely that she truly doubted his love, but there is something very meaningful about love expressed.
 
In John 21, Jesus asks Peter if he loves Him. Coming from the Son of God who is all knowing this may seem especially odd. Surely Jesus knows the answer. So why ask? Might it be more for Peter’s sake than for Jesus’?
 
Just before Jesus was sent to the cross, Peter had betrayed Jesus by denying that he even knew Him, denying Him so adamantly that he even cursed. It was not so much that Jesus needed to be reminded of His love for Peter or even Peter’s love for Him, but rather Peter needed to express his love and be healed. And that is exactly what Jesus does. Through Peter’s expression of love, Jesus restores him and commissions him to be one of the great proclaimers of the Gospel.
 
When was the last time that you told Jesus how much you love Him? Not just in a casual, “I love you” way, but in a deep and sincere expression that flows from experiencing His love for you. Jesus knows that you love Him, but love expressed brings joy to Him and can truly transform you.
 
Jesus, I love You. Your love for me has changed my life and I can’t thank you enough. Help me to express my love for You today and every day of my life. May my love for You become contagious to those around me that they too have share in this joy. I love You, Jesus. Amen.

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