This is the audio from the April 17, 2022 sermon, “Do You Love ME?”, shared by Tom Lemler at the Deer Run Church of Christ.
Text: John 21:4-19
In the midst of the uncertainties, confusion, and routines of life, Jesus calls out to ask a simple question — “Do you love . . .
- More. John 21:11-15, Philippians 1:8-10, Luke 7:41-43
- While there are various opinions on what Jesus was referring to when He asked Peter if he loved Him “more than these”, I believe He asks us us each day if we love more. More than we love the world. More than we love our self. More than we loved yesterday. More. Love is not a static element. It is either growing or declining and our love for Jesus is one that ought to be growing in depth and insight — both in knowledge and application. The more we realize just how much our sin separated us from God and the greatness of His forgiveness, the more we ought to love.
- Enough. John 21:17-19, Luke 6:32-26, John 13:1
- Even when we answer Jesus with, “Yes, I love more.”, I believe He still asks if we love enough. Loving more is a great start, but do we love enough to do something about it? While Peter kept affirming that he indeed loved Jesus, the question seemed to remain about whether he loved enough to feed His sheep and care for His lambs. Is your love for Jesus enough to allow Him to do the impossible through you? Is your love enough to motivate you to serve, teach, visit, give, help, care for all people? When we have a love that is enough, it will compel us to do the things that force could never make us do.
How will you respond as Jesus asks, “Do you love ME”?