Do We Love The Lord More?

  By Wendell Winkler                                 

"So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord: thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs" (John 21:15).

Do We Love the Lord More than Our Kinsmen?

If we do, we will not let them keep us from obeying the Gospel. We will be willing to leave the religion they have accepted if it is proven wrong. We will not let them keep us from attending the services of the Lord's church. Remember, Jesus said, "He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me" (Matthew 10:37).

Do We Love the Lord More than Money?

If we do, we will not make the heaping of riches the chief object of our living. We will give liberally of our means to the Lord (2 Corinthians 8:1-5). Remember, the Lord said, "For the love of money is the root of all evil" (1 Timothy 6:10).

Do We Love the Lord More than Pleasure?

If we do, we will not engage in that which is forbidden, that which will hurt our influence for Christ. Remember, the Lord, in speaking of perilous times, said that men shall be "lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God" (2 Timothy 3:4).

Do We Love the Lord More than the Praise of Men?

If we do, we will be willing to stand for the Lord and the right, though we must stand alone (2 Timothy 4:16-17). The chief rulers "did not confess him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God" (John 12:42-43).
The Lord should be the supreme object of our affection (Matthew 22:37). May we learn to sing, and mean it, "More love to thee, Oh Christ, more love to Thee!"

Wendell Winkler, now deceased, was a writer and faithful Gospel preacher.
(Emphasis by FG)
"Moreover, brethren, we do you to wit of the grace of God bestowed on the churches of Macedonia;" How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality. "For to their power, I bear record, yea, and beyond their power they were willing of themselves;" "Praying us with much intreaty that we would receive the gift, and take upon us the fellowship of the ministering to the saints." "And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God."
"At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge." "Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion."
"Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind."