He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, 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, “Tend My sheep.” (John 21:17)
Peter was grieved, because this third time, Jesus asked if Simon loved Him with brotherly love. As is always true, the Lord needs to come down to us, for we are unable to go up to Him. The Lord takes us where we are and it is He who will move us to where we need to be. The Lord commanded Peter to tend the sheep. He said He would make a rock out of Simon and we know from Scripture that this is exactly what He did.
Lord, help me to move beyond any posturing I might be tempted to do when it comes to You that I might always be honest with You. You are the author and finisher of my faith and apart from You, there is no hope. Help me, I pray, to begin again with You and know that You know me better than I know myself and that You are gracious and will lift me up to where You have always intended for me to be.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for coming to me where I am. Help me today to willingly and honestly accept all the help that You offer. Grant that I would not posture before You, or anyone else, but instead, would be truthful and gracious with others as You have been gracious with me. May my life add to the Father’s glory this day through my right, honest and godly action. Amen.