Feed My sheep —John 21:17

Posted: March 3, 2012 in Daily Devotional-Oswald Chambers

This is love in the making. The love of God is not created— it is His nature. When we receive the life of Christ through the Holy Spirit, He unites us with God so that His love is demonstrated in us. The goal of the indwelling Holy Spirit is not just to unite us with God, but to do it in such a way that we will be one with the Father in exactly the same way Jesus was. And what kind of oneness did Jesus Christ have with the Father? He had such a oneness with the Father that He was obedient when His Father sent Him down here to be poured out for us. And He says to us, “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you” (John 20:21).

Peter now realizes that he does love Him, due to the revelation that came with the Lord’s piercing question. The Lord’s next point is— “Pour yourself out. Don’t testify about how much you love Me and don’t talk about the wonderful revelation you have had, just ’Feed My sheep.’ ” Jesus has some extraordinarily peculiar sheep: some that are unkempt and dirty, some that are awkward or pushy, and some that have gone astray! But it is impossible to exhaust God’s love, and it is impossible to exhaust my love if it flows from the Spirit of God within me. The love of God pays no attention to my prejudices caused by my natural individuality. If I love my Lord, I have no business being guided by natural emotions— I have to feed His sheep. We will not be delivered or released from His commission to us. Beware of counterfeiting the love of God by following your own natural human emotions, sympathies, or understandings. That will only serve to revile and abuse the true love of God.

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  1. 4christ4ever says:

    Oh my Lord! How does one KNOW whether the urgency inside of them is coming from them or Him? For instance, if one is led to share the truth about demonic threat to all peoples Islam is with the world around-USA as well -and if one is led to stand up against the evil which wishes to malign and demonize the Israeli’s?

    I don’t know if this applies as we all know Satan hates the Jews – and would have the entire world do the same – not I. For the Lord put within me at a young age a love for the Jewish people – I post all over the place about Jesus, these things, and the times we are living in via placing scriptural prophecies on the news websites which are being fulfilled even at this very moment…kind of like a “watchman/watch woman?”

    What is your take on just the two examples I’ve given Will and/or Scott?

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