Saturday, May 10, 2014

21 Days in John - Day 14: Obedience Is The Language Of Love


Please Read John chapter 14

Key Verse:

“If you love Me, keep My commandments” John 14:15,21,23-24  [NKJV]

For some people, obedience is difficult to handle because it means towing the line, submitting to authority, and doing what you are told. In modern society we equate obedience less with love and more with authority. Like the teacher who ordered the schoolboy to stand up, and who turned to his classmate and said, “I am standing up on the outside, but I am sitting down on the inside!”

John more than any other gospel writer emphasized love, both in his gospel and his epistles, and yet more than any other writer spoke about obedience! Three times in this chapter the words love and obey come in the same verse
           
Love is the greatest thing of all. Everything in the Christian life is based on love – our relationship to the Lord, our service for him, our obedience to Him. “If you love me, keep my commandments,” is often understood to mean, “By keeping My commandments you prove that you love Me.” A better translation is, “If you love me you will keep my commandments.” The power of our love for Jesus causes us to obey Him. It is “the expulsive power of a new affection”


Questions:

God’s word tells us the importance of obeying God, but what He wants more than anything else is that you love Him. What does that mean to you?

Have you told the Lord recently that you love Him? He loves to hear that so why not tell him right now and tell Him why you love Him.


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