THE UNDEVIATING QUESTION
Lovest thou Me?
Peter declares nothing now (Matthew 26:33-35). The love of the personality is only discovered by the hurt of the question of Jesus Christ. Peter loved Jesus in the way in which any natural man loves a good man. That is temperamental love; it may go deep into the individuality, but it does not touch the centre of the person. True love never professes anything. Jesus said – “Whosoever shall confess Me before men…,” i.e., demonstrate love for others not merely by words, but by every action.
Unless we get hurt right out of every deception about ourselves, the word of God is not having its way with us. The word of God hurts in a way that no sin ever can, because, sin blunts feeling. The question of the Lord intensifies feeling. The word of the Lord pierces even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit until there is no deception left. There is no possibility of being sentimental with the Lord’s question; you cannot say nice things when the Lord speaks directly to you, painting the direct picture of who you really are to your own self. There never can be any mistake about the hurt of the Lord’s word when it comes to His child; but it is at that point of hurt that one can get the great revelation.