Re: Verse reading–John 21:1-25 (day four)
“Do you love me?” Jesus asked Peter three times and each time He asked, He gave Peter a command. These were a test of his love. Look back to John 14:15, “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” Obedience was always a fruit of love. In John 14:21, Jesus gives the benefits of obedience…I mean love…no, I mean obedience…”He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.” You cannot love God and not obey Him. It is impossible. Love for God and obedience to Him are the same thing. It was time for Peter to stop hiding behind closed doors and going fishing, and be about the work of the Savior. Do you want to be loved by God, loved by Jesus, and to have Jesus disclose Himself to you? Then, obey God…I mean love God…no, I mean obey God!