“If you love me, keep my commands.” John 14:15
Many people will claim to believe in God. There are actually very few people who have no belief in God. Yet, very few of those same people will believe in Jesus. And of those who believe in Jesus, very few are committed to Him.
Jesus makes a hard, but very simple statement in this verse. If you love Him, you will obey Him.
It is very easy to say that you love someone. Think about teenagers in high school. One boy and girl meet and instantly fall in love and tell each other that they love each other. A few weeks later something is said or done and now they hate each other. The love they had was very superficial, it was not deep true love. It is a “I love you while things are going good” or “as long as you meet my needs”.
This same type of love carries over into marriages. Divorce is extremely common among believers for the same reason. I love you for meeting my needs, not I love you for you.
Many believers also bring this same type of love to Jesus. They love Him for saving their lives and taking away their sins, not for who He really is.
If you love Jesus, you will love Him for who He is. He is God. He is the One in absolute control. He is the One who can be fully trusted.
If all of these things are true, which they are, then you will want to obey Him. To say that you love Him, yet refuse to obey Him is a slap in His face.
If you love a person, you will want to walk alongside that person. You would want to be in agreement with that person. To love Jesus, you must obey Him, to walk alongside Him and agree with His ways.
Do you really love Jesus today? Are you walking with Him or against Him? Are you obeying His commands or doing your own thing?
I pray today that you will know the love Jesus has for you; that you will learn to obey Jesus fully; that you will have true love for Jesus; and that you will trust Jesus with all you are and have.