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Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more perfectly and unselfishly than you do the things of your former life? (Or more than these men do?)”

“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I have affection for you.”
Jesus said, “provide continual care for my lambs who are my disciples.”

Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you unconditionally love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I am fond of you .”
Jesus said, “be a shepherd care of my disciples like a shepherd takes care of a flock.”

The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you have affection for me like a friend?”
Peter was grieved because Jesus asked him the third time the only question he could answer truthfully, “Do you love me like a friend?”
He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you like a friend.”
Jesus said, “you are responsible for the spiritual well being of my disciples like a shepherd is responsible for nurturing his flock. (John 21:15-17, Personal Paraphrase)

Lessons:

  1. Change your attitude – Peter did
  2. The elders inherited the responsibility to shepherd from Peter
  3. Continue to follow Jesus…don’t go back
  4. Be ready to lead – Peter didn’t know that a few days later Jesus would be gone
  5. There is hope for me (and you)