January 22, 2021
Daily Reading: John 21
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter,“Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep. (John 21:15-17, NIV)
Growing up, my dad taught me that actions speak louder than words. For as long as I can remember, whenever I would make a promise to him, he would tell me, “Actions speak louder than words.” As I continued to grow over time, I continued to apply that phrase to my everyday life. I also began to see the words “I love you” as a promise. So I used both phrases and learned that they work hand in hand together. If you truly love someone, your actions will speak louder than the words you say to them.
Through this scripture, the same concept is being spoken to me. As Jesus continues to ask if Peter loves him, Peter continues to say, “Yes.” But Jesus still tells Peter to “feed my sheep.” Jesus knows that Peter loves him, but what I’ve learned from this scripture is that the love of our heart is just as important as the expression of our faith.
Jesus knows that we love him, but how do we show that to him? Jesus knows that I love him and that I am dedicated to him. But I still have to take the next step to show him how I love him daily. Taking the next step is acknowledging that actions speak louder than words and radiate that to the people around me. Radiating Christ’s love to others is what I am called to do.
Your sister in Christ,