So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. (John 21:15-17 KJV)
What do you do on Valentine’s Day? If you have husband/wife or boyfriend/girlfriend, would you like to do something special with her/him? What if your partner would put you into test to show her/him that you care about him/her, what would you do?
Jesus tested Peter by asking the same question three times. Jesus tested Peter because He would like to know his character more—to see if Peter follows Him all the way. Not half way! But 100 percent guarantee to follow Jesus. We know Peter when he tried to die at the cross for Jesus, yet He did not allow him to do so. We know Peter died upside down on the cross for Jesus’ sake.
Why did Peter decide to face the death for Jesus and His other millions followers? It was not Peter loved Jesus’ miracle working hands, but His compassion of love. If Peter decides to follow Jesus because of His miraculous power, his love for Jesus would become powerless. We do the same thing sometime. We would decide to hate our people because of color, sex, religion, or other ethical background. Or we decide to break up within marriage due to our financial crisis or miscommunication within in the household. Do you love someone because of wealth, power and fame that another person has? Or do you love someone because that person loves and cares about you and other people around you? If we love our stuffs than our people, than the love of God doesn’t affect to us.
Even though Valentine’s Day doesn’t fit to the Christianity’s vocabulary, God gave us a command to love each other as Christ loves us.