Do you realize the only reason we love is because we were loved first? Do you know we were created on purpose and for a purpose to love and have relationship? Consider how we are supposed to love your enemies? Consider how crazy God’s love is for us…
16For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
–from John 3:16-17
Do you realize how important you are to God? Do you realize how much He loves you? He created you to have a relationship with you! He is waiting for you to turn to Him and receive the incredible gift of life through Him!
Sound crazy? It may, but it’s true! Receive it and live in it – HOT! Don’t go or live halfway! Don’t live a love that is lukewarm! Will you receive it? Will you choose to live on the crazy side of life and be light, be hope, be love to the world around you?
Be that crazy person who loves people just like Jesus loves you! Makes sense right?
Key points from today’s devotional…(Day 153: Bible In One Year 2017)
‘Crazy love’ for God’s house … Psalm 69:1-12
‘Crazy love’ for Jesus … John 21:1-25
Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?’ (v.15). ‘These’ may refer to his fishing gear or the other disciples. Whatever it means, Jesus was calling him to make his love for Jesus his supreme love. Our love for Jesus should be more than our love for anything else.
Peter’s zeal had not been without its obstacles. He had denied Jesus three times, so Jesus gives him the opportunity to affirm his love three times. Three times Peter tells Jesus, ‘I love you’ (vv.15–17).
Jesus hints to Peter that his love and zeal for Jesus and his church is going to be costly. Indeed, it would cost Peter his life. Jesus says to him, ‘“When you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.” Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God’ (vv.18–19). This is the earliest evidence for the martyrdom of Peter by crucifixion. To be a follower of Jesus is a dangerous undertaking.
When Peter is told this he turns, sees John and asks about his future. In this intimate moment with Jesus, Peter is distracted by comparison with John. Jesus ‘politely tells him to mind his own business’. Joyce Meyer writes, ‘When you are tempted to compare yourself with others or be jealous, remember this advice!’
Each time Peter tells Jesus ‘I love you’, Jesus tells Peter, ‘Feed my lambs… Take care of my sheep… Feed my sheep’ (vv.15–17). Peter can only guide, nourish and be responsible for people if he loves Jesus passionately.
Then Jesus says to Peter very simply, ‘Follow me!’ (v.19). This crazy love for Jesus means following his example of love. Jesus showed the supreme example of servant love. He said, ‘Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends’ (15:13). He gave a very practical example of what this kind of servant love involved, when he washed the disciples’ feet (John 13). It is a commitment to help people, to whom we are not necessarily attracted, to grow in their love for Jesus, not seeking to control them but to liberate them.
Jesus calls you to the same kind of love. You express your passionate love for Jesus by a passionate love for other people, by giving yourself to take care of his sheep, to feed, serve and love them.
‘Crazy love’ for unity … 2 Samuel 2:8-3:21