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25th April 2024

Updated: Apr 25

Worth The Risk



If you love me, keep my commands. ”


John 14:15


In his book, The Four Loves, C. S. Lewis makes a powerful observation about love requiring vulnerability. He states that there is “no safe investment” when a person risks loving. He suggests that loving “anything (will lead to) your heart being wrung and possibly broken.” Reading those words changed how I read the account of the third time the Lord Jesus appeared to His disciples after His resurrection (John 21:1-14), after Peter had betrayed Him not once but three times (John 18:15-27).


The Lord Jesus said, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” (21:15).


After experiencing the sting of betrayal and rejection, The Lord spoke to Peter with courage not fear, strength not weakness, selflessness not desperation. He displayed mercy not wrath by confirming His willingness to love.


Scripture reveals that “Peter was hurt because the Lord asked him a third time, ‘Do you love me?’ ” (v 17). But when Jesus asked Peter to prove his love by loving others (v 15-17) and following Him (v 19), He invited all His disciples to risk loving unconditionally. Each of us will have to answer when the Lord asks, “Do you love me?” Our answer will impact how we love others.

Bible Reading

John 21:15-19.


Prayer

Loving God, please break down every wall that keeps me from being vulnerable, so I can love You and others with Spirit-empowered courage, compassion, and consistency. In Jesus name. Amen.

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