Jesus asked his disciple Peter, not once, but thrice – “Do you love me?” (John 21:15,16,17). Peter responded by saying “You know Lord. You know all things.”
If God was to ask you and me today, “Do you love me?”, what would our response be? Renowned pastor, preacher, and author, A. W. Tozer, once said “The final test of love is obedience.” which goes hand in hand with the teachings of Jesus, for Jesus said, “If you love me, you will obey (keep) my commandments.” (John 14:15) The whole duty of man is to fear God and keep (obey) his commandments (Ecclesiastes 12:13), no matter whatever is the cost of obeying them.
Points to ponder:
When Abraham obeyed God and offered the sacrifice of his son who he loved, as God wanted, God affirmed that Abraham truly loved (feared) him for just as God so loved that world that he gave his Son, Jesus Christ, Abraham so loved God, that he gave his only son. God who knows all things, is asking you and me, “Do you love me?” In other words, he is asking whether we are keeping (obeying) his commandments. What is our response? Can it be said of us, “<Put your name here> so loves God that he/she obeys all that God commands, including the willingness to give up what he/she loves most.” Do you love me? Do you love me? Do you love me? — asks God.
John 21:15-17 (KJV)
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.
John 14:15 (KJV)
15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.