John 21:16b (NLT)
“Yes, Lord,” Peter said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus sought to prove Peter’s innermost purpose in following Him. “The desire for personal success, eminence, achievement, reward, or even the relatively unselfish motive of doing something for needy humanity was not enough. Only a complete love for Christ would be sufficient to carry Peter and his fellow disciples through the careers which awaited them.” Peter’s response was sincere. He had learned that he could not trust himself. We do not know our hearts like Jesus knows them. Answer His uncomfortable questions. Only then can we mature in Christ.