Do You Love Me More Than These?

"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."

From the Daily Bread comes this thought provoking story.  During the 17th century, Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector of England, sentenced a soldier to be shot for his crimes.  The execution was to take place at the ringing of the evening curfew bell.    However, the bell did not sound.  The soldier's fiance had climbed into the belfry and clung to the great clapper of the bell to prevent it from striking.  When she was summoned by Cromwell to account for her actions, she wept as she showed him her bruised and bleeding hands.  Cromwell's heart was touched and he said, "Your lover shall live because of your sacrifice.  Curfew shall not ring tonight!"

This fiance risked it all for her lover.  She obviously loved Him much.  How much do we love Jesus?  What do we risk for Him?  Do we play it safe and be careful not to stir the waters?  Maintain the status quo?

Jesus was asking Peter a series of penetrating questions in this passage, preparing him for a life of utter devotion to Him.  But He had to ask him where his heart was.  Where is our heart?

Elsewhere Jesus would say, "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also".  (Matthew 6:21)  It's true, we will all ultimately follow our hearts.  Does our heart belong to God, fully and without reservation?  Do we love these more than these?


"Lovest Thou Me"

Verse

Modern times have brought us many comforts

People live in wealth and luxury

But the Master still asks this question

Lovest thou me, lovest thou me, more than these

Chorus

Lovest thou me more than these my child

What will your answer be

Oh precious Lord I love Thee more than all of these

More than fame, more than wealth, more than the world

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