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I Love You, Lord


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We all know the story of how Simon Peter promised never to deny Christ, but, just as Jesus predicted, denied Him that very night. When he realized what he had done, Peter went out and wept bitter tears over his failure. Later, after Jesus had risen from the dead, and had breakfast on the sea shore with his disciples, Jesus pointedly asked Peter, "Do you love me?" Here, in the New King James Version, is the scene in John 21:15-19:

So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon, son of Jonah, 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."

He said to him again a second time, "Simon, son of Jonah, 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 Jonah, 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. Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish." This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, "Follow Me."


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