So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah,[b] do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.”16 He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah,[c] do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.”17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah,[d] do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep.”

Jesus asked Peter three times if he loves Him. Peter answered two times “Yes Lord; you know that I love you.” The third time the Bible says Peter being grieved answers; {paraphrase} “What is it that you don’t know Lord?” Wow, Selah: meditate on this. There is no false knowledge with the One who knows all things perfectly. But let us seek Him to make sure our thoughts and our intents are aligned with His will.

Psalms 26:2 “Examine me, O LORD, prove me; Try my mind and my heart.”

Hebrews 4: 12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

The remarkable thing to me in this dialog with the Lord and Peter, besides the questions and answers, is how Jesus responds to Peter’s “Yes Lord you know that I love you.”

Jesus responds by saying:

“Feed my lambs.”

“Tend my sheep”

“Feed my sheep”

That says to us that there is a core belief that is stated here that should not be ignored. That if we say we love Him, then there should be corresponding actions on our part that will solidify our love.

1 John 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

Luke 7:47 “Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”

We are those who have been forgiven much, therefore we love much. Because we love Jesus sincerely, let us not ignore the command of our Lord as to Peter alone, but also to us. Let us embrace the command and respond appropriately to feed and tend to the lambs and sheep of the Lord.

Our prayer today is that the Lord would solidify us, that there will a congruence and harmony in our lives before Him. That our verbal expression of our love for Him would be matched by actions.

Hebrews13: 20 Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, 21 make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you[d] what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.