So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these?”     John 21:15

Jesus has a wonderful way of restoring us when we fail Him! He does not humiliate us. He does not criticize us. He does not ask us to make a resolution to try harder. Rather, He takes us aside and asks us to reaffirm our love for Him.

Peter miserably failed his Lord when he fled with the other disciples from the Garden of Gethsemane. Later, he publicly denied that he even knew Jesus. Peter must have wondered if he had been capable of being Jesus’ disciple when he was unfaithful to Jesus in His most crucial hour.

As you begin a new year, you may be painfully aware that you have failed your Lord in many ways. Perhaps you were not faithful. Perhaps you disobeyed His word to you. Perhaps you denied Him by the way you lived. Jesus will take you aside, as He did Peter. He will not berate you. He will not humiliate you. He will ask you to examine your love for Him. He asked Peter, “Do you love Me?” If your answer, like Peter’s, is “Yes, Lord,” He will reaffirm His will for you. If you truly love Him, you will obey Him (John 14:15). Jesus does not need your resolutions, your recommitments, or your promises to try harder this year. If your resolve to obey God last year did not help you to be faithful, it will not make you successful this year. Jesus asks for your love. If you truly love Him, your service for Him in the new year will be of the quality that He desires.

  1. January 1, 2021

    Thank you Lord for loving us and giving us what we need to love you in return even with our human faults. Help us to continue to grow in you each day as our love for fills us and overflows onto those around us.

  2. January 1, 2021

    Love this

  3. January 1, 2022

    Obedience. I pray to be obedient. Your devotionals help me each day.

  4. January 1, 2022

    Amen! Blessings to all. Thank you Lord for our personal relationships with You and You loving us first.

  5. January 1, 2022

    I enjoyed reading this so much, it will sure help me to start my new year off right. My nephew sends me this to read every morning and I appreciate it so much.

  6. January 1, 2022

    Lord I love you. I want to grow deeper and more in love with you, with the kind of love that is exclusively for you. Amen.

  7. January 1, 2023

    Thank you Jesus. The more You reveal yourself to me, I fall in love more.
    Hope to receive daily devotionals 2023 in my email.
    God bless your ministry .

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