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I Love The LORD
By Brian Price 8/9/2013

"I LOVE THE LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live." - Psalms 116:1-2

Love God, love your neighbor - that is the whole law. After Jesus arose from the dead, he appeared to the disciples at the sea of Tiberias. The Bible says that when they came to shore, they found fish laid on some coals of fire which Jesus had prepared for them, and he said to them, "Come and dine." He had cooked breakfast for his children. As they were eating, he asked Peter a question 3 times, perhaps because of Peter's denial of Christ. "Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me?" (John 21:17). The Bible says Peter was grieved because he had asked him this question. We can imagine the hurt which Jesus felt when Peter denied him three times. I am sure that Jesus was wanting reaffirmation of Peter's loyalty and love because he had experienced this sort of unfaithfulness. Peter reassured his Lord, "Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee." What a terrible thing sin does to a person, that it causes a man to break his Lord's heart! Peter was grieved because he remembered his sin, and he remembered how much he truly loved Jesus. Peter grieved because of his sin. The good news is that Jesus forgave Peter, and told him to 'feed my sheep,' but first to 'feed my lambs.' Peter later became one of the greatest men in the Bible. He had seen much revival, leading some 3,000 people to the Lord in salvation. And he later wrote the books of 1 Peter and 2 Peter, which have been circulated across the world, and preached from thousands of pulpits. History records Peter as a weeping apostle. When asked why he wept daily, he replied, "Desiderio Domini," which means, "Because I very much long for my Lord." He was later crucified upside down because he did not feel worthy to be crucified like his Saviour. (Martyrs Mirror, pg. 81).

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