The Restoration Of Peter


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5 So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus *said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you [a]love Me more than these?” He *said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I [b]love You.” He *said to him, “Tend My lambs.” 16 He *said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you [c]love Me?” He *said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I [d]love You.” He *said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.” 17 He *said to him the third time,  “Simon, son of John, do you [e]love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you [f]love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I [g]love You.” Jesus *said to him, “Tend My sheep. John 21:15-17 NASB

Footnotes:
John 21:15 Gr agapao (a Godly/ devine love)
John 21:15 Gr phileo (a brotherly/friendly love)
John 21:16 Gr agapao
John 21:16 Gr phileo
John 21:17 Gr phileo
John 21:17 Gr phileo
John 21:17 Gr phileo
 
I can’t get away from this passage! Peter had gone back to his old job of commercial fishing after Jesus had be crucified. He had publicly denied Christ three times. Jesus, knowing what was going on in Peter’s heart,  goes to where Peter was and called him to himself. They then have some one on one discussion.
 
Jesus asked (paraphrased) “Do you love me like I love you?”
Peter, I assume sheepishly, answers, “Lord, you know I’m fond of you.”
 
The same question and answer occurs a second time.
 
Then Jesus asked, “Peter, are you fond of me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus knew where Peter’s heart truly was.  He responded, “Yes, I’m fond of you.”
 
John MacArthur, in his sermon “The Transforming Effect Of Loving Christ”, pointed out, the Lord knew the extent of Peter’s love and still used him to do the Lord’s work “Tend my sheep.”
 
He also pointed out, based on an honest bases of Peter’s love, that Peter went on to do great things and was used greatly.
 
What I can’t get away from is that this is the same way with me. I have some “Peter” in me.  As much as I want to love the Lord like He loves me, I can only come up to a fondness level and yet He still works with me and allows me to work in His fields.  Why be so kind to me?
 
My best is still as filthy rags, but God in His grace and mercy is still kind and loving to me on a daily bases.
 
What can God do with us when we humble ourselves as Peter was humble? I tend to think from that day forward Peter’s love for the Lord grew and grew.
 
So I wonder if this is true with others.  Is the Lord asking you, “Do you love me?
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