This chapter and particularly the verse, reminded me of the scene where Jesus asked Peter: “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” (John 21:15-21). I always believe that Jesus asked Peter three times because he has denied Jesus three times as well. Jesus could have said to Peter: I have warned you that you will have denied me or didn’t you remember that I have told you that you will deny me three times? But instead of using those words, Jesus chose to speak with love right to Peter.
What Paul have said to the centurion and the sailors serves as a good reminder for me to imitate Jesus and to hold back words that could lead to pride or even dispute. How many times when we warn others and later it proves that we are right, we want to take credit for ourselves or even worse to point fingers to other.
Jesus did not say to Peter directly regarding the denial, but instead He asked Peter if he did love Him. Jesus used the love language to “rebuke” Peter and to “correct” him. Will we follow Jesus’ step next time when we are confronting others and we find that we are right?
1 Cor. 13:13
So now faith, hope and love abide, these three, but the greatest of these is love.
- Jenni Wang