What a person desires is unfailing love.
This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.
Jesus Reinstates Peter
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.”
Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.
I love going barefoot. I love my kids. I love to laugh. I love dark chocolate. I love cello music. How is God’s love different than any other kind of love?
The Greek has a way of bringing deeper meaning to how the English language and the uses of the word “love.”
There are three different words for love: agape, phileo, and eros.
In verse 15, Jesus uses the word “Agapao”:
God’s Love. Solely and uniquely His way of expressing love. You cannot “agape” Starbucks, snow skiing or your favorite T-shirt. Agape the root word is God’s love revealed in Christ.
Peter answers Jesus “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” But he answers with a different kind of love. The Greek word, “phileo,” meaning fondness for something or someone.
We often misuse the word love in our culture and sense a mixed message about how we view events, things, and relationships.
Be careful using the word love and save it for the meaning it was intended for in relationships.
Be “crazy” about Starbucks, “enjoy” snow skiing or “really like” your favorite T-shirt and reserve, “I love you” for the people in your life.