IT’S INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT JESUS ASKED PETER THREE TIMES IF HE LOVES HIM. THE FIRST TIME WAS, “Do you agape me?” (agape is the Greek word for “God’s Love”) PETER ANSWERED AND SAID, “Yes Lord; you know that I phileo you!” (phileo is the Greek word for “friendship love”).
JESUS ASKED HIM THE SECOND TIME; “Do you agape (love) me?”
PETER’S ANSWER WAS; “Yes Lord; you know that I phileo you.”
WHEN JESUS ASKED HIM THE THIRD TIME, IT WAS ON PETER’S LEVEL OF LOVE FOR HIM AND SAID, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you phileo me (do you love as a friend)?” PETER ANSWERED AND SAID, “Yes Lord; you know that I phileo you (I love you as a friend). JESUS SAID TO HIM “Feed My sheep”. (John 21:15-17)
IT’S NOT ABOUT YOUR LOVE FOR GOD, BUT ABOUT HIS LOVE FOR YOU. (1Jn 4:10) “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
IN THE GOSPEL OF JOHN, EVERY TIME JOHN REFERS TO HIMSELF, HE USED THE PHRASE “the disciple whom Jesus loved”. MAKE NO MISTAKE, JESUS LOVED ALL HIS DISCIPLES, BUT JOHN HAD A PERSONAL APPRECIATION OF CHRIST’S LOVE FOR HIM AND OFTEN USED “the disciple whom Jesus loved” TO DESCRIBE HIMSELF IN HIS GOSPEL.
(John 21:7) “Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water.”
THE APOSTLE PAUL ON THE OTHER HAND PRAYED FOR BELIEVERS FOR THEM TO HAVE A GOOD GRASP OF “how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” SO THAT THEY MAY BE FILLED TO THE MEASURE OF ALL THE FULLNESS OF GOD. (Eph 3:17b-19) “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”
THE FULFILLMENT OF CHRIST’S COMMAND TO, “love one another as I have loved you” IS TOTALLY DEPENDENT ON HOW DEEP YOU UNDERSTOOD CHRIST’S LOVE FOR YOU. (John 15:12) “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”
YOU CAN ONLY TRULY LOVE, IF YOU FIRST EXPERIENCE HIS GREAT LOVE FOR YOU! (1Jn 4:19) “We love because he first loved us.”
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