PASTORS PEN: Asking the question, 'Do you love me?'

This is the question asked of Peter by our Lord Jesus Christ some time after his denial. We should ask this question of ourselves today. How is our love for Christ today? We are commanded to love God. “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might” (Deut. 6:5). Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). This month we are promoting love to each other. Do you love him? How many of our problems would be solved if we followed God’s directions.

Maybe the real problem is that we don’t love the Lord as we should. In John 21 Jesus asked if Peter loved him “More than these.” Do we think we love the Lord more than any one else? Shouldn’t we stop exercising our pride and examine our love compared to the command the Lord gave us in the first place. What if we set aside our own selfishness and self centeredness and obeyed the Lord? How would our problems in our homes be solved? How would the problems at the work place disappear? Would our financial difficulties vanish following God’s word?

Listen to him. God instructs us throughout the Bible. Joshua said, “Take good heed therefore uto yourselves, that ye love the Lord your God “(Josh. 23:11). The Psalmist said, “I will love thee, O Lord, my strength” (Psa.18:1). If we would just listen to the Lord, wouldn’t life be much simpler for us to live? Would we look differently at sin in our life?

In the Bible it says, “Ye that love the Lord, hate evil” (Psa. 97:10). We don’t really hate sin. We rename sin to make it easier to condone. It’s not adultery but an affair. It’s not lying, a behavior God condemns, but rather, it is a little white lie. Doesn’t that sound so much better? God says, “Liars” shall have their part in the lake of fire” (Rev. 21:8).

How much better just to love the Lord as he commands? When will we learn to obey him? How many life valleys do we wander through because we’ve not learned to follow his directions yet? It’s painful and hurtful. We get overwhelmed as we face self induced darkness. Yet, there is a promise to all who will listen. “I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me” (Prov. 8:17).

Have you been seeking the Lord? Why not? How? You won’t find him in a bottle of alcohol. Nor will he be present in a bag of dope. You won’t get closer to him in ungodly behavior and practice. That empty place in your heart is only filled with the Lord Jesus Christ.

“You must be born again,” Jesus said. Why would he hold such a narrow view? Well, He created the universe, he gets to set the rules. He came from eternity past to take upon himself flesh. He died on the cross shedding his blood to purchase eternal life for us. We know his sacrifice was enough because of his resurrection from the dead. His resurrection proved his power over sin and death. He is not willing that any should perish (1 Peter 3:9). Sinners need a Saviour. We are all sinners. Be encouraged. “God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son” (John 3:16). Admit your sin and trust Christ for eternal life. Our love for God begins when we trust Christ. Today we have the promise to believers, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God” (Rom 8:28).

Do you love God? If things aren’t going well in the home, do you love God? If things aren’t going well in the work place, do you love God? If things aren’t going well in the neighborhood, do you love God? If things aren’t going well at school, do you love God? In the Bible it says, “Keep yourselves in the love of God”(Jude 21). Are you listening to the Lord? Well, only you can answer his question. Do you love me? If you don’t, you must trust Christ today, without delay.