Do You Love Jesus Christ?
What will be your answer be if Jesus Christ asks you “do you love Me?” Or has someone ever asked you that question before? Have you ever said to yourself or to someone “I love Jesus Christ!” If you ever did, how do you love Jesus Christ? Now, you might be in a reflective mood, thinking of a convincing answer.
Surely, it is okay to reflect on the ways we can really show how much we love Jesus Christ. But some of the likely answers you might receive from people if you ask them the reason they love Jesus Christ may include: He loves me, He died for me, He cares for me, He protects me, He redeemed me, He is compassionate and merciful, He provides for me, and the likes – These are all beautiful answers portraying the fact that we love Jesus because He loves us first (cf. Romans 5:8).
This question “do you love Me?” was an unexpected question which Jesus Christ put before Peter, His Apostle before His triumphant entry into His heavenly glory. Three times He asked Peter the same question. Just like many of us, Peter said: “Yes, Lord, You know that I love You.” But Jesus Christ asked this question three times to teach us what it means to love Him.
To each of Peter’s “yes, Lord, You know that I love you” followed a command from Jesus Christ on some key principles of Love: “Feed My lambs,” “Take care of My sheep.” (See John 21:15-17). Jesus Christ was actually reminding Peter and all His followers His teaching before His crucifixion: “If you love Me you will keep My commandments.” (John 14:15). “This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12)
Whoa! For many of us this is the last thing we want to hear or be reminded of – “love your neighbours”. You might protest saying: “Why should I love someone who does not appreciate my love?” Once again, I will ask you, do you love Jesus Christ? Most likely, your yes this time might be very faint.
Kindly pray aloud: “Jesus Christ I love You but help me to love my neighbours too. I’m a beneficiary of Your love and mercy. Fill me with the grace to show mercy and love to my neighbours: brothers, sisters, mother, father, colleagues, children, husband, wife, in-laws both friends and enemies”.
To all Christ’s follower, love is everything. It is the hallmark of our Christian Faith. It makes us another Christ to the good and the bad, the young and the old, the able and disabled, men and women, Christians and non-Christians.
St. Augustine puts it this way:
Beg God for the gift to love one another. Love all people, even your enemies, not because they are your brothers and sisters but so they may become such.
Lord Jesus Christ, I love You. I thank You for Your love and mercy towards me daily. Help me to extend that love and mercy to my neighbours both friends and enemies. Amen.
Jesus Christ Speaks
I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. (John 13:34-35 NRSV).