Today's verses are John 21:16,17: "He said to him a second time, 'Simon, son of John, do you love me?' He said to him, 'Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.' He said to him, 'Tend my sheep.' He said to him the third time, 'Simon, son of John, 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 everything; you know that I love you.' Jesus said to him, 'Feed my sheep.'" My child, I am doing spiritual heart surgery on Peter. I want him to know that I forgive him of his three-fold denials of me. I want him to know that my love conquers all his sin. I want him to know that I still have a great plan for his life.
For the second time, I refer to him as "Simon, son of John." That's because when he denied me, he was behaving like his old name when I first called him. He wasn't acting like the new name that I had given to him: Peter, the rock.
Then I asked him a second time if he loved me? I left off the "these" this time. It wasn't important. He did love me more than his fishing industry, more than the other disciples. But I wanted to emphasize the personal relationship I wanted with him. I wanted no other comparatives. I wanted him simply to know that I loved and forgave him.
He responded, "Yes, Lord; you know I love you." Then I commissioned him again to feed my sheep, to be a faithful undershepherd in my church. I was calling him faithfully to feed my people my truth in my Word.
Then I asked him a third time if he loved me. I wanted each one of these three questions to correspond with each one of his three denials. Three times he had denied me. Three times I wanted him to know that I love him.
This third time caused angst in Peter's heart. He said, "Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." His heart is now opened to my complete surgery. I am going deep within him. How do I know this is happening? He not only admits his love for me, but also the fact that I am omniscient. He knows that I am God. If I know everything, I know what is happening in his heart. I also perfectly control his life. Then, a third time, I commission him to feed my sheep.
My child, I want all my followers to love and obey me, but I also want them to know that I am in control of everything. My love apart from my sovereignty means nothing to my followers. Both must be there for a strong faith to exist in your life.
Therefore, know today I love you. Know that I forgive you of all you've done to hurt my heart. Know I have a grand plan for your life. But also know that I'm in control of everything. I know your heart. I know your future. I know everything you need. It's true! Therefore...
You can trust me today.