Forever let the parting words of our blessed Master abide in our consciences and come up in the practice of our daily lives.  It is not for nothing, we may be sure, that we find these things recorded for our learning just before He left the world.  Let us aim at a loving, doing, useful, hardworking, unselfish, kind, unpretentious religion.  Let it be our daily desire to think of others, care for others, do good to others, and to lessen the sorrow and increase the joy of this sinful world.  This is to realize the great principle which our Lord’s command to Peter was intended to teach.  So living and so laboring to order our ways, we shall find it abundantly true that “it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20.35). – J. C. Ryle (1816-1900), commenting on John 21.15-17.


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