In our final chapter of the Gospel of John we see Jesus repairing the damaged relationship between Himself and the Apostle Peter, and even more, commissioning Peter to Shepherd the flock of God.
Peter would go on to become not only a great pastor, but a pastor of pastors. At the end of his life, he would write to the elders of the church an exhortation that would endure to this day.
“Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away. Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.” 1 Peter 5:2-10, NKJV.
Peter’s love for The Lord was demonstrated by his life. It is the same for us. Though we most certainly are “saved by grace”. Our “love” for The Lord can only be demonstrated by our life. God’s love for us was demonstrated in Christ’s death on the cross. Our love for God can only be demonstrated by the life we live.
“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” John 14:21, NKJV.