–A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you. John 13:34
After Jesus rose triumphantly from the grave and was seen by His disciples we find him chatting with Peter who had denied Christ three times after Jesus’ arrest. They had just finished eating a miraculous seafood breakfast by the seashore when Jesus asked, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?” Peter’s Restoration Story
Many focus on the types of love shown here, Agape (divine)|Philia (brotherly/friendship). I would like to draw your attention to Jesus response to His own question because in it we discover how to love Jesus and one another as He loved us.
Jesus’ response to His first question: “Feed my lambs.”Again Jesus asked Peter: “Do you truly love me?”
Jesus’ response: “Take care of my sheep.”
He asked again for the third time, “Do you love me?” Jesus’ response: “Feed my sheep.”
How Did Christ Love?
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. Everywhere Jesus went He spoke about the Kingdom, healed the sick and gave hope to the broken. Jesus unveiled the Love of the Father in His Walk, on the Cross and through His Resurrection.
Through Peter’s restoration Jesus shows us how to Love. To feed and take care of His lambs and sheep is to intercede and share Christ to whomever God draws to you. This is how we love and are known as His disciples. Knowing the Father’s will to see that none perish stirs up the Love of Christ inside of you to share the good news about Jesus so that families, neighborhoods, cities and nations of people can live and be saved!
You are God’s hands and mouth piece; Co-heirs with Christ. When you share with someone how God so Loved them that He gave Heaven’s best for them and their loved ones, you are loving as Christ loved.
Whatever means God gives you to share, Just share Christ as if someone’s life is depending on it because it is. This is how we’re called to love.