“He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.” – John 21:17 KJV
We’ve established several times that the number one way a child of God can walk in love is to ensure that others hear about what Christ has done.
When we love people, we want something deeper for them, we want them to know the Son and to love Him, and to trust Him for salvation.
Even after our friends and loved ones are saved, it still remains our responsibility to guide them in the word.
“So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.”
John 21:15-17 KJV
Here, Jesus is telling Peter that the way he is to demonstrate his love for Him is to feed people with the word of God.
One thing to note is that Jesus never buttressed any other instruction this way. Remember this was after His resurrection.
It was one of the very last things Jesus said to Peter in person, so this was very important to Jesus.
Whether you’re preaching the gospel to unbelievers or you’re edifying saints via the word, Jesus regards that as love for Him.
See Paul’s instruction to Timothy in 1 Timothy 1:3-5 KJV:
“As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do. Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned:”
There is a kind of ‘jealousy’ that you ought to have for people that Jesus shed His blood for. Paul instructed Timothy to stay in Ephesus to command people who were teaching others wrong doctrine to stop.
Walking in love entails guarding people against wrong doctrines. Not only do you teach people the truth, but you must also be jealous for the state of people’s hearts.
Acts 20:26-27KJV says: “Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.”
Take a look at how bold Paul is saying this, he is saying he is pure from the blood of all men.
He uses such a strong phrase to describe our responsibility to preach to others and to warn them about the impending danger outside Christ.
May we be able to say like Paul at the end of our lives that we are pure from the blood of all men. May the necessity of the spread of the gospel dawn in our hearts. May we be responsible for the spread of the gospel in our time.
For the love of God, preach the gospel.
Bible Reading Plan:
Matthew 13:1-23, Acts 18:18-28, Psalms 30, Exodus 19-20