“If you love Me, keep My commandments.”
John 14:15 NKJV
This is one of those Scriptures that really catches my attention. For me it’s like a bright neon sign flashing in the middle of a dark night. It can’t be missed!
It’s blunt and to the point.
He didn’t say if you love Me try to do what I’ve commanded. Give it your best effort and if you don’t succeed that’s OK.
Because it’s not OK!
We don’t get a pass on this one!
When you look at what Jesus has had to say it will serve us well if we look at His words of instruction as commandments rather than suggestions.
This goes not only for the written Word of God but also for His leading by the Spirit.
Your rejection of Him speaking to you by the Spirit, to your inner man, reveals a lack of respect for Him.
We can’t disrespect Him and love Him at the same time.
Your our love for Jesus is revealed in your obedience to His instructions, both from the Scriptures and Him speaking to you.
Your inward witness.
I like the way The Passion Translation reads.
“Loving me empowers you to obey my commands.”
John 14:15 TPT
I really like that!
Loving Him empowers us to obey.
It’s not a forced obedience because it’s a choice on our part. We can elect to do what He says or not.
It’s entirely up to us and we can always be confident that He will grace us to carry out His instructions for our lives.
He will help us, He will empower us!
Father God we love You and thank You for Your Word that speaks to us. We also thank You that You are also speaking to us by the Spirit.
Father we thank You for Your grace, Your empowerment, to carry out Your instructions. We give You all the praise and the glory in Jesus Name.
It’s exciting day to be alive and expect great things to be happening because He is with you every step of the way!