Friday 29th March 2019

John 21:16   Do you love me?

I always remember when I was a teenager,
a church my friend went to
use to give out stickers for people to wear that said: I Love Jesus.
I sometimes wonder how much they thought about what they were saying
and the full implications of that simple statement.
Jesus made it very clear to Simon Peter what the full impact of it means.
It was Peter that this question was directed to,
and Peter kept replying: “Yes, you know that I love you.”
But Jesus kept on asking.
He kept on asking because he knew that it was easy to say “I love you”,
but he wanted Peter to think about the consequences of that answer.
To love Jesus was to love those that Jesus came to serve and love;
so each time Peter responded positively to that question,
Jesus responded: Feed my sheep.
Loving Jesus means more than loving an individual person,
it is to make a commitment to love others in the same way.
……………………………….

Vinita Hampton Wright

Love as if loving is the first thing on your to-do list.
Love as if you have no other plan but to love.
Love as if you are confident that love makes good things happen.
Love as if this is your first opportunity to love.
Love as if this is your last opportunity to love.
Love as if loving can heal all wounds.
Love as if loving is your first purpose on earth.
Love as if loving is your favourite choice.
Love as if you have that kind of power.
Love as if it will keep the earth spinning in vast beautiful space.