John 21:15-19 (ESV)
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” 19 (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”
What a display of unselfish love. Here’s Peter, the dude who three times denied Christ, yet Jesus pulled Him aside to offer His unselfish love. Three times Jesus asked Peter if He loved Him, as if to erase each time Peter denied Him. It brought healing to Peter who must have been burdened with guilt and shame for his actions. The Resurrected Life does this, it brings healing to the deepest parts of our lives. This is one of the many reasons why Jesus means so very much to me, for He always has met me where I was at. Depressed – He was there. Hurting internally – He was there. Troubled in my spirit – He was there, reaching out in unconditional love.