Restoring Redeemer

Tune: Quem Pastores Laudevere

('Jesus, good above all other')

John 21 v.15-17


John's Gospel Series (26)


Jesus said to Peter three times

'Do you love me', through all life's rhymes

Peter said, Lord, yes I love you

This be my affection true


'Feed my sheep, my lambs', the reply

Jesus said, do not them deny

Though I twice ask agapeo

Third time I ask phileo


For Peter there each time did say

I phileo you Lord, each day

Both expressions of love, but they

Differ in each others way


Agapeo, it be to choose

Strong devotion never to lose

To love, to commit, it fully

Shows love sacrificially


Phileo, it be love between

Friends and relatives, though still keen

Love, yet based on relationships

Filial, but none worships


And in phileo there sure be

Emotional attachments see

But Jesus from Peter accepts

Phileo love, no regrets


'Feed my sheep, my lambs', Jesus says

Tend and care for them through the days

And when to heaven I ascend

The Spirit I all you send


  • Michael Edwards

    Good morning O - I'm currently being restored - still in pain but getting better - great write as always.

    • orchidee

      Thanks Michael. Well I'm glad someone's being restored! Is Miss Berles a shepherdess? Does she count how many syllables in each sheep's baaaa? I'm talking Baaaahh humbug!


      Good Morning Mon Oncle STEVE ~ Love the Hymn ~ Karaoke Style for sing-along ! PHILEO & AGAPE Greek for Brotherly Love & Spiritual Love ! It is suggested that JESUS used AGAPE & Peter answered with PHILEO ! Then JESUS switches to PHILEO and PETER gets the message and answers with AGAPE ! Interesting PLAY on WORDS ! Please check my Poem today on COLOUR ~ Yours as always NEPHEW BRIAN !

      • orchidee

        Thank Brian. You read the same short study guide booklet as me? This is what it said - as you said - except it suggests Peter replies with 'phileo' on each of the three times, and Jesus accepts that from him.
        Also, some other deep meaning, saying this is not only about cancelling out Peter's three time denial, but I forgot most of what the deeper bit was. Doh! Meanwhile - you feeding them sheep? Baaaa!

      • Tamara Beryl Latham - The Poet

        Such a well-written spiritual poem that highlights Jesus stating three times to Peter, "Do you love me."

        Many are unaware that Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved Him, because Peter had denied Him three times.

        Matthew 26:34
        "Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice."

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