March 2 Have You Felt The Hurt Of The LORD?
“Jesus said unto him the third time, Lovest thou
Me?” John 21:17
Have you felt the
hurt of the Lord to the uncovered quick, the place where the real sensitiveness
of your life is lodged? The devil never hurts there, neither sin nor human
affection hurts there, nothing goes through to that place but the word of God.
“Peter was grieved because Jesus said unto him the third time. . . .” He was
awakening to the fact that in the real true centre of his personal life he was
devoted to Jesus, and he began to see what the patient questioning meant. There
was not the slightest strand of delusion left in Peter's mind, he never could
be deluded again. There was no room for passionate utterance, no room for
exhilaration or sentiment. It was a revelation to him to realize how much he
did love the Lord, and with amazement he said – “Lord, Thou knowest all
things.” Peter began to see how much he did love Jesus; but he did not say –
“Look at this or that to confirm it.” Peter was beginning to discover to
himself how much he did love the Lord, that there was no one in heaven above or
upon earth beneath beside Jesus Christ; but he did not know it until the
probing, hurting questions of the Lord came. The Lord's questions always reveal
me to myself.
directness and skill of Jesus Christ with Peter! Our Lord never asks questions
until the right time. Rarely, but probably once, He will get us into a corner
where He will hurt us with His undeviating questions, and we will realize that
we do love Him far more deeply than any profession can ever show.