A third time Jesus asked him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time.” (John 21:17 NLT)
Man, was I guilty. I work hard to be a good Pastor, but perfection has always alluded me. And as the individual on the other side of the phone confronted me, the minor infraction might as well have been a major one for how bad I felt. Even though it didn’t feel good to know I was wrong, I appreciated the grace used to confront me and our resulting relationship was even greater.
Peter may not have enjoyed having his love questioned by the Lord three times, but only a short while earlier, he had denied even knowing Jesus the same number of times. Jesus never confronts us out of anger or condemnation. When He confronts us, it’s always with the desire of drawing us closer by eliminating any failures on our part. By confronting, He shows the greatest of loves by keeping our actions honest and replied to with complete grace.
Have you misbehaved lately? Don’t get upset when God confronts you. Left to ourselves, we won’t repent and may never change. His questioning comes from a love that longs to protect the long-term relationship over our immediate dainty emotions! You are loved today! Make it right!