T-shirt love

June 02, 2018
So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "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 lambs” … Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, "Do you love Me?" - JOHN 21:15, 17

The true business of the heart is to love God and others, so it’s important to know what love is. Nowadays, we inscribe words and heart-shaped symbols on T-shirts, declaring, “I Love New York,” or some other object. But love is more than an inscription on a T-shirt. Peter missed the point and was wounded that Jesus kept asking him if he loved Him. Jesus asked, “Do you love me unconditionally with your whole heart?” and Peter answered every time, “Yep, I’m your buddy.” Jesus was dealing diamonds and Peter offered marbles.

In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul says you can foretell the future, be roasted at the stake, have the world’s largest homeless shelter, have the brilliance of an Einstein and mountain-moving faith, but if you don’t have real love all the accomplishments equal zero.

The business of the heart is loving God and others with heavenly love, devoid of self-interest. But don’t lose heart in trying to do the business of the heart, because it is possible for the Holy Spirit to love like this through you. Make your heart available for Him to do business there.

Submit your understanding of love for the Holy Spirit’s evaluation, and ask Him to help you love as God loves.