Do You Love Me?

Do you love me?  That phrase can sound desperate, needy or insecure.  We wonder is it really love if the question must be asked.  In our world today this question can act out as people seem to find out if they're loved by how many friends or followers they have.

Do you love me?  That’s the question Jesus asks Peter on the beach following the Resurrection.  Jesus wasn’t being insecure.  He wanted to help Peter (and us) understand what love is really about.

Addie Johnson shares in her book, Life is Sweet, a pretty good summary about love:

Scratch the surface of every good thing in the world, and you'll find love.
Generosity: Love of giving freely
Listening: Love of tuning in
Keeping promises: Love of following through
Forgiveness: Love of self
Peace: Love beyond self
Understanding: The love underneath it all
Curiosity: Love of knowledge
Justice: Love for fellow human beings

That's the kind of love Jesus was asking about: the whole package.  When Jesus asks us if we love him, may our response be more than just words, may it be a response with our whole lives.  I hope to see you tomorrow, Sunday, at 9 or 10:30 as we explore this story of Jesus, Peter, James, John and Thomas from John 21:1-19.

God bless you,

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