John 15:10 “If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in His love.”
Yesterday we learned that remaining in Christ’s love requires us to faithfully hold on to the truth of the Gospel of Christ. Today, in the verse above, we learn another means to remain in Christ’s love – obeying His commands.
John 14:21 says, “Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” We will obey God if we love Him. When we love someone, it becomes natural for us to do the things which makes them happy. On the other hand, disobedience will eventually break a relationship. The fact is, we cannot be intimate in our relationship with God if we do not obey Him.
The reality and depth of love of the Father and the power of salvation through the Cross borne by Jesus Christ, can be experienced by obedient Christians. Every time we obey His voice and carry out His will, we grow deeper in knowing Him. Jesus has repeatedly commanded Christians to love one another. He wants His love to be the defining characteristic of His Body, the Church. Have you been responding in obedience to God’s love?
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