We are all very familiar with Jesus’ plea to Peter in John 21:15-17, “Do you love Me? Feed My sheep.”
While studying these verses I saw another possible reason Jesus would have for this conversation with Peter.
God knew of Peters upcoming failure and used it to help him push through the feelings of guilt and condemnation he surely felt. Because of this conversation the Holy Spirit could bring to Peters remembrance all that Jesus said.
When we fail Jesus, sometimes it takes months to get back into the swing of things. Peter didn’t have months to grieve over his sin. He had to quickly get into telling people about Jesus.
The message the Holy Spirit would have brought Peter is one of hope and acceptance, reminding him, since he loved Jesus, to get about the business of ministry.
John 14:26 states, “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.”
Father, thank you for sending the Holy Spirit to help to us. Help us not to allow guilt and condemnation keep us from the important work of the ministry.