Day 82: What It Takes to Love Jesus

“If you love Me, keep My commandments “

He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to Him, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us, and not to the world?”

Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.

“He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.

John 14:15, 21-24, NKJV

 

We've all heard it. Maybe most of us have even said it at one time or another: "I may not always do what Jesus says, but He knows that I love Him." It sounds good, and I think most of us are sincere when we make statements like these, but are they true? The answer to that question is clearly given no less than four times in the short passage above.

 

And the answer? If we don't keep His commandments, we don't love Him. How could we say something like that? It's because Jesus said it. Look very closely at the verses above. You can look at them in any version of the Bible that you may possess, and they all say the same thing:

  1. "If you love Me, keep my commandments."
  2. "He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me."
  3. "If anyone loves Me, He will keep My word."
  4. "He who does not love Me does not keep my words."

To emphasize this message, Jesus points out the word which we hear is not His; rather, it is the Father's. The reason it is so important for us to understand this basic principle is because it is so easy to deceive ourselves in this matter. So many of us associate love with an emotion, and it is true that deep emotions are found in love. But, according to Jesus, when it comes to loving Him we have to have something in addition to mere emotion - we have to have obedience to His words!

 

One of the most important reasons that we read the Bible is that it helps to dispel common misconceptions that we sometimes have when it comes to Christianity. And one of the greatest of these misconceptions is the idea the love and obedience are unrelated. Jesus makes clear that those who love Him will live with Him forever. But, this love goes beyond a simple emotion, it also includes a desire to obey the One that we love. 

 

This is why we read!

 

Today's reading is from the 14th chapter of John. It has vital instruction for those who love the Lord!