After breakfast Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these? “Yes, Lord,” Peter replied, “you know I love you.” “Then feed my lambs,” Jesus told him.
(John 21:15 NLT)
After Jesus’ death, Peter went back to his fishing gear. When he met the resurrected Lord, Peter, who had claimed a devotion to Jesus above that of the others, was confronted with the question, “do you love me more than these?” “These things” could stand for either the fishing gear or the disciples, who were present at the time of the meeting. Peter answered, “Yes, Lord…you know I love you.” Today, Jesus asks us the same question, “do you love me more than your job, family, friends?” If these things don’t come first in our lives, then we, too, can say with certainty, “Yes, Lord, you know I love you.”
Love isn’t a noun or an adjective. It’s a verb.