When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.

– John 21:15-17 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

This conversation occurs after Peter has denied Jesus three times. Jesus asks Peter this question three times to bring Peter back to his failure and to know that Jesus has forgiven him. In the same way, God extends an invitation to those who have turned their back on him. For Peter, the pains of denial changed into compassion for others, so don’t discount those who have been with Jesus at one time and now deny Him. God is in the business of turning hardened hearts into hearts of love.

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