New Apostolic Church USA

Expectation in love

John 21:15, “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.’”

From the sermon series: Expectation

The recent VISION article on gratuitousness reminds us that giving is done freely without conditions or expected return. Love works best when it functions the same way. Love is not measured or calculated. It pours out freely without expectation.

When Peter was asked if he loved Jesus in John 21:15, his answer rang loud and clear, restoring him from his earlier denial of Jesus. The earlier denial of association with Jesus reveals that at that particular moment, Peter feared suffering more than he loved Jesus. This humbled Peter, and opened him up to a deeper understanding of himself. Later Peter is strengthened by experiencing grace and love of the Risen One. This renewed connection with God could allow him to continue growing in love.

Love for God, always results in love for your neighbor. Our love for God should always exceed our love for our neighbor. We can learn to deepen our love for our neighbor by pursuing intimate experiences with our Risen Lord. The transformation that can occur in an authentic encounter with Christ will form us into people increasingly characterized by love every time.

Where do you consistently encounter the Risen One? Could you spend more time there?

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