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"Top-priority Question"

August 31, 2006

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Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you truly love Me more than these?" John 21:15

No question can match in importance the one Jesus asked Peter that early morning at the lakeside. Everyone who claims to be the Lord's disciple needs to make sure he or she has faced it and answered it honestly.

Jesus' question is simple and direct, and also personal, an indication perhaps that we should put our own name in place of Simon's: "Matthew, Emma, do you love Me?"

It is important to note, too, that He does not ask: Do you love My church or My Word or My worship?" Of course we should and as fully as possible. But the prior question is: "Do you love Me, the one who came to earth for you, died for you, earned forgiveness of sins and life everlasting for you?"

Jesus desires above all that our relationship to Him be on a "you-Me" basis, joined by the greatest of all words: Love.

PRAYER: Thank You, Lord, for the love with which You have enriched my life. Enable me to respond always, "You know that I love You;" for Jesus' sake. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: 2 Chronicles 15-16    2 Corinthians 5

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