Day 40 – God’s Great Mercy
When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love Me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “You know that I love You.” Jesus said, “Feed My lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love Me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, You know that I love You.” Jesus said, “Take care of My sheep.” The third time He said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love Me?” He said,
“Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.”
Jesus said, “Feed My sheep (John 21:15-17).
Before Jesus ascended into Heaven, He restored all of His relationships with His remaining disciples. Jesus paid particular attention to Simon Peter, who had denied knowing Him three times on the night that our Lord was taken captive.
- Has God begun His restoration work in you?
- In what ways is the Lord changing you?
- What does it mean to you, knowing that God wants to fully restore you?
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.”
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord (Lamentations 3:22-26).
The Book of Lamentations causes us to look directly at the result of our disobedience in sin. To lament is to feel deep anguish at having offended God. Without a genuine sense of remorse, we will fail to recognize how profoundly our actions affect the heart of God Himself. These dynamic verses give us a fresh ray of hope and remind us that our God is merciful. No matter how grievous our error, He is always ready to receive us in His arms of love. Amen.
- How important is it that the Lord offers mercy before judgment?
- How does this passage help us to build our faith in Him, knowing that He is faithful to us?
- Think about how Jesus became the image of God’s mercy for us.