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. John 14:21
Everyone who is in leadership expects to be obeyed. However, this obedience is often to be done out of duty and respect, having nothing to do with love.
Inside a family the command to be obedient will sometimes be expected out of love, although most often it is still out of respect and pure demand. Most expect obedience out of dictatorial position that one must just obey because of the position.
Jesus had been talking about obeying Him and God. He stated that the one who really loves Him is the one who will obey Him.
Obedience is often seen as a demand or requirement, but rarely seen as a act of true love. Loving God means that one will not want to ever hurt or do anything wrong to Him.
When a person realizes the true love that God has for him, perfect love that will never do harm, he will desire to never hurt God in any way. This means he will never want to do anything, in anyway against God. This is where love and obedience meet together.
The believer who loves God, will thus obey God, not out of fear or duty, but out of love. His love will show up in revealing his trust in God to obey His every command. God gives commands, not to lord it over a person, but out of love to build that person up into the best he can be.
The amount one obeys God reveals how much he truly loves God. The more obedience, the more love. The less obedience, the less love.
As a believer, you most likely express that you love God. Now you must ask yourself how much do you love God and how do you show that love.
Do not be like the world and just say you love, but show it by your obedience. Love God in word and in action. Know that God will never command you to do something that is not the best for you. His love and commands to you are perfect for building you and His kingdom up.
Do you really love God or is your words just words?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s love to you; that you will know what God commands you to do; that you will obey all of God’s commands; and that you will show your love to God in obeying Him.
Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. Luke 23:46
Last moments of life, going into death, are often scary for most people. They do not know what to expect. They often cling to life refusing to want to give up and die. The unknown is something that awaits them and it is fearful.
It is in these last moments of life that many people realize how temporary life is and how little material things really are.
As Jesus was giving up His last breaths of life and dying, He committed His Spirit to the Father, God, and died.
The commitment of His Spirit to the Father is His absolute trust in God to take care of His Spirit and bring Him back to life.
Just as those in the world fear death, there are some believers who fear it also. They question what they believe and what God is going to do. As this happens, it is a sign that they really don’t know or understand God’s great, eternal and perfect love for them.
The only reason God sent Jesus to die was to save people from their sins and give them eternal life. This is perfect love. Knowing this, the believer can trust God’s word and His actions. God will never go back on His word.
At the moment a believer fully trusts God’s perfect word, he can face death with the peace Jesus had. He will be able to commit his life and spirit to God, knowing God will raise him from the dead to eternal life.
This takes away all the fear and unknown of death. There is eternal life found after physical death on this earth.
You may or may not have come close to death yourself. You most likely have seen known of others to die. When you are faced with death, you may have wondered what is next and if you are ready for it. Questions may arise in your heart about whether God will save you or not.
As long as you believe in the work and grace of Jesus and you repent of your sins, God will save you. The life you now live is only temporary. Commit your life and Spirit to God and He will give you eternal life.
Rest in knowing God loves you, forgives you and will raise you from the dead.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s love for you; that you will know God’s mercy towards you; and that you will commit your life and spirit into God’s hands.