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John 14:18-24 – “I will not leave you as orphans; I am coming to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Because I live, you will live too. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, you are in me, and I am in you. The one who has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. And the one who loves me will be loved by my Father. I also will love him and will reveal myself to him.”
Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it you’re going to reveal yourself to us and not to the world?”
Jesus answered, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.24 The one who doesn’t love me will not keep my words. The word that you hear is not mine but is from the Father who sent me.
Four times in our passage of scripture Jesus tells that IF we love him we will be obedient to his Word/commands. vs. 15, 21, 23, 24
1 Peter 1:22-23 – Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God
1 John 2:4-6 – Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.
We cannot let fear or legalism be the motivation for our obedience.
If you keep his commandments, His Word then you love him. NO! Love is to be the motivation for obedience. Not keeping his commands to love him. Police-speeding: my obedience to the law cannot make me love the one enforcing it…
To obey God means to relinquish what we want and to choose to do what He asks.
Obedience which does not proceed from genuine love to Christ has no reality in it; it is not the genuine offspring of the heart, the real act of the soul. It lacks the essential motive and inspiration of all Christian deeds.
The Lord does not give me rules, but He makes His standard very clear. If my relationship to Him is that of love, I will do what He says . . . If I hesitate, it is because I love someone or something more than Him; I have placed something or someone in competition with Him, and sadly it is usually myself.
When we are obedient, we show God that we love Him and have more faith in Him than we do in ourselves.
“Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46).
And when we love Jesus with all our heart, soul, mind and strength we will not want to put anything, no matter how small, before Jesus.
Romans 8:28-29 How does our love for God make us more Christ like/change us? When we take the next step of obedience out of love and trust for God especially when we don’t see a way or we have to do it in His strength… we grow, we are shaped into something we couldn’t see before.
I watched a black Smith work a piece of iron/steel into a beautiful leaf. With each strike of the hammer and each placement in the fire it slowly was formed into the likeness of a leaf.
Lets say that you are having trouble with your marriage and you want God to Help and you have prayed and prayed and yet you have not obeyed His Word when it comes to marriage…
Or you have a problem with a relative or friend or acquaintance or even a brother or sister in the Church, you have prayed, you know what Jesus said about going to them and yet you say you cannot, what you are actually saying is that you will not!
Jesus embraced the suffering of the cross as God’s purpose for His life.
So let the Holy Spirit (Our Helper) help you deal with anything that’s keeping you from obeying Christ.
In Matthew 7:21, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.