they had eaten breakfast, Jesus asked Simon Peter, "Simon, son of John, do you
love Me more than these?”—John 21:15
Jesus has a wonderful way of restoring us when we fail Him! He does not
humiliate us. He does not criticize us. He does not ask us to make a resolution
to try harder. Rather, He takes us aside and asks us to reaffirm our love for
Peter miserably failed his Lord when he fled with the other disciples from
the Garden of Gethsemane. Later, he publicly denied that he even knew Jesus.
Peter must have wondered if he had been capable of being Jesus' disciple when he
was unfaithful to Jesus in His most crucial hour.
As you begin a new year, you may be painfully aware that you have failed your
Lord in many ways. Perhaps you were not faithful. Perhaps you disobeyed His word
to you. Perhaps you denied Him by the way you lived. Jesus will take you aside,
as He did Peter. He will not berate you. He will not humiliate you. He will
ask you to examine your love for Him. He asked Peter, "Do you love Me?” If
your answer, like Peter's, is "Yes, Lord,” He will reaffirm His will for you. If
you truly love Him, you will obey Him (John 14:15). Jesus
does not need your resolutions, your recommitments, or your promises to try
harder this year. If your resolve to obey God last year did not help you to be
faithful, it will not make you successful this year. Jesus asks for your love.
If you truly love Him, your service for Him in the new year will be of the
quality that He desires.—Experiencing God Day by Day