Do You Truly Love Me?

Do You Truly Love Me?

"Simon son of John, do you truly love me?" John 21:16

Many things arise which throw a doubt upon our love--and our Lord may well therefore put the question, "Do you truly love me?" We cannot love Jesus--except we know him. We do not know Jesus--except we believe in him. We do not believe in Jesus, except we surrender ourselves and all we have to him. Just in proportion to our faith in Christ--will be our love to Christ: "Unto you therefore who believe--he is precious."

Do you love to read of Christ, to hear of Christ, to think of Christ, to speak of Christ, to work for Christ, to commune with Christ--and do you desire if the will of God is so, cheerfully to suffer for Christ? Does Jesus appear to you as the chief among ten thousand, and the altogether lovely one?

If Christ could only be obtained by purchase--what would you give for him?

If he could only be acquired by labor--what would you do for him?

If he could only be procured by suffering--what would them suffer for him?

Do you truly love him? Is so, then . . .
you desire to please him,
you fear to offend him,
you are willing to deny yourself for him,
you will seek his interests before your own.

Love is often better proved by what we DO--than by what we SAY, or even than by what we FEEL. After the first flash of excitement is over, love settles down into a habit, and instead of inflaming us with violent emotions, inspires us with gratitude and leads us to self-denying obedience. "He who has my commandments, and keeps them--he is the one who loves me." We must judge by what a man does, rather than by what a man says--whether he loves Christ or not.

Some doubt their love to him--when no one else can; and some feel sure they love him--when others stand in doubt of them.

"For this is the love of God--that we keep his commandments; and his commandments are not grievous." 1 John 5:3