Lovest Thou Me?
“Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these?”
Preparatory Reading: Luke 7; Luke 15.
- The forgiveness and mercy we have from God through Christ should provoke great love from us.
- How much do you love the Lord Jesus Christ for saving you? “Lovest thou me more than these?”
- Why are our hearts as cold and our lives as barren as they are when we consider great love of Christ?
- No one else will ever die for us! No one else is perfectly faithful! No one else does for us like Him!
- This is much more than words. We must examine ourselves today to measure our true love of Christ.
- Knowledge proves nothing. Knowing the facts of Christ or the doctrine of Christ is not love of Christ.
- Public performance is nothing. It may rather bring greater judgment for greater hypocrisy of love.
- Humility proves something. It is a broken spirit trusting only Christ and despising none for their sins.
- Before the holy God of heaven, we are all on a level playing field, with each of us needing a Saviour.
- We must hate pride or self-righteousness that causes coldness to Christ and haughtiness about others.
- We must never despise sinners, and we must learn to love them more and more, as Christ does us.
- Is it we do not understand, remember, or consider our sinfulness in desires, principles, practice, etc.?
- Is it we do not understand, remember, or consider the wages of sin – legal, vital, practical, and final?
- Must the Lord allow us to sin in order to teach us our sinfulness or properly appreciate our Saviour?
Jesus Let Satan Have Peter
- Peter spoke far too highly of himself and his loyalty to Christ versus others (Matt 26:31-35).
- Therefore, Jesus allowed Satan to have and sift him in order to perfect him (Luke 22:31-34).
- If we humbly acknowledge our weakness and reject our pride, we may be saved such sifting.
- He later confronted him gently about it, and he was better for the experience (Jn 21:15-19).
- What did Jesus ask Peter to do to prove his love of Christ? Feed Christ’s lambs and sheep.
- If you love Jesus, then you will love and serve those who belong to Him (I John 4:20; 5:1).
A Sinful Woman Proves the Point
- Luke recorded the event of Jesus eating at the house of Simon the Pharisee (Luke 7:36-51).
- Where do you fall on the scale between self-righteous Simon and the loving, thankful sinner?
- They both owed the God of heaven; they both had nothing to pay; they were equal sinners.
- What made the difference? Simon thought too highly of himself, but the woman just right.
- Is it easy for you to be content or occupied with the dinner, and miss the illustrious guest?
- Is it easy for you to observe the faults of others, while missing most of your own stench?
- Is it easy for you to be ruled by formality to never come close to emulating the woman?
- Is it easy for you to begrudge forgiveness of others, though needing much or more yourself?
The Prodigal’s Older Brother
- The purpose for the three parables of Luke 15 was to condemn Pharisee self-righteousness.
- The Pharisees saw Jesus dealing with sinners and publicans and despised Him for it (15:1-2).
- There are not 99 just persons that need no repentance – this is how Jesus rebuked Pharisees.
- The prodigal did not appreciate his kind father, and he resented kindness to a sinning brother.
- Our love of Christ must be measured by our forgiveness and love of sinners (Jer 9:23-24).
Prayer Can Condemn You
- Jesus described two men praying to condemn self-righteous despising of others (Lu 18:9-14).
- Self-righteousness is an evil sin by denying need for mercy and causing unjust comparisons.
- Self-righteousness is an evil sin by blinding and deceiving a man about a right view of self.
- We must pray, walk with God, and live each day in need of mercy and accepting sinners.
- Comparing yourself to others or commending yourself is not wise, but foolish (II Cor 10:12).
A Young Man Deceived Himself
- Jesus met a young man very deceived about his righteousness before God (Matt 19:16-22).
- This young man was very rich, for the Bible tells us he had great possessions and why he left.
- This young man was content in serving God, as long as he could have his riches as well.
- He thought very highly of himself, for he had excused his conduct and justified his greed.
God Left Hezekiah to Teach Him
- Hezekiah was proud, so God humbled him by leaving (II Chr 32:24-26,31; II Kgs 20:1-19).
- We do not want God to leave us, so admit sinfulness, give thanks for Jesus, and love others.
- God let David sin by turning him over to the devil, but forgave him (II Sam 24:1; I Chr 21:1).
- God moved Peter to sin by turning him over to the devil, but prayed for him (Luke 22:31-34).
God Gave the Law to Humble Us
- God gave the Law to Israel to show them and us the exceeding sinfulness of sin (Ro 7:7-13).
- God gave the Law as a schoolmaster to show us Christ by proving us sinners (Gal 3:21-25).
Paul Loved Christ Much
- Paul knew he was a great sinner, and he gave all credit to Christ his Saviour (I Tim 1:12-16).
- He was able and willing to list his crimes, and he compared himself poorly to others.
- He knew his salvation was by pure grace and mercy, and he knew he was a pattern for us.
- Jesus’ loving forgiveness of Paul was very logical to him for great service (II Cor 5:14-15).
- Until you see your sinfulness, you will not love Jesus Christ as you should (Rom 7:24-25).
The Spiritual Must Take Heed
- It is easy for us to think we are faithful and strong, but get ready for a great fall (I Cor 10:12).
- Even spiritual members in the church of Galatia had to keep a spirit of meekness (Gal 6:1-4).
How We Increase Love
- As Paul, we must consider we were dead and doomed to die before Christ (II Cor 5:14-15).
- Therefore, we must examine ourselves and condemn ourselves in light of his holy standard.
- We must feast on the scriptures of God’s glorious grace through Jesus Christ (John 5:39-40).
- We must feast on the scriptures of Jesus Christ’s beauty and glory to delight in Him more.
- We must beg for the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives to show us His love (Eph 3:14-19).
- We must learn to walk humbly before God (Micah 6:8; Isaiah 57:15; 66:2).
How We Prove Love
- Love is not proved by words or tears.
- Love is proved by keeping His commandments (John 14:15).
- Love is proved by loving and serving His brethren (I John 4:20; 5:1).
- Love is proved by a broken spirit adoring Him (Luke 7:44-47).
- Love is proved by a hopelessness without Him (Rom 7:24-25).
- Love is proved by praising and thanking Him greatly (Col 3:17; I Cor 15:57).
- How much do you love Jesus Christ for saving you? “Lovest thou me more than these?”
- How much do you despise sinners? You are a sinner exactly like those sinners you foolishly despise.
- We must reject any and every good thing we trust about ourselves to fall humbly before Jesus Christ.
- We must learn to think less of ourselves, more of others, and rejoice when Christ forgives them also.
- LOVEST THOU ME?