Devotions

Loving Him

Written by Rev (Dr) Prabhudas Koshy Thursday, 16 February 2017

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READ:

1 Peter 1:8a

8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom

John 21:15-19

15 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. 16 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. 17 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. 18 Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. 19 This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.

EXHORTATION:

Some would have us believe that our love for Christ can be increased if we have encounters of Christ through visions and dreams. But the Scripture teaches us that no visions or even actual sight of Christ is necessary for experiencing deep love for Christ.

Peter was an eyewitness of Jesus Christ. He watched Jesus very closely and learned to love Him. Though many a time Peter himself publicly announced his love and loyalty to Jesus, on a crucial occasion he denied Christ thrice. But Jesus after His death and resurrection restored him fully into His love. Then, according to John 21, Jesus tested the love of Peter three times. When Peter affirmed his love for Jesus, he was told that he would prove his love for Him with his life.

Peter, whose heart was aflame with love for Christ through his personal encounters with Him, told a people who had not seen Christ that their love for Him is not a ‘second grade’ love in any way - " Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him." Peter saw that those believers’ love for Christ was as much passionate as his love for Him. Peter saw that it is their passionate love for Christ that caused them to endure all trial without denying Him. Both they and Peter love the Lord so deeply that they were ready even to die for Him.

One’s love for Christ can make him poor in this world. Because of his faith a Christian may be rid of his job, position, wealth, family heritage etc. After all Jesus cautioned us of the violent treatment of the world when we stand for His name (Matthew 5:10-11; 10:18,39; Mark 10:29-30). A man may lose everything because of his loyalty to Christ.

In the midst of all such trials, Satan will try to distract us from our love for Christ. In order to weaken our love for Christ, he will try to stir our desire for self-comfort and safety more than Christ's glory in our lives. Let us remember that self-love will not help us to experience the glory of Jesus Christ in trials.

When we love Jesus Christ continually and increasingly by beholding Him with our spiritual eyes, we shall experience His glorious promises in a way we never even imagined or experienced. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 2:9, “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ears heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God had prepared for them that love him.”

THOUGHT:

"Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen" (Ephesians 6:24).

PRAYER:

"May my love for Thee remain steadfast, as Thou lovest me."