Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.”
Love is an action word. It is not hidden or hinted at. When you love someone you don’t want that person to be unsure of your emotions. When you love someone you say it and show it. Love is expressed in tangible ways.
Today’s passage clearly conveys this idea. Jesus said, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching,” and “Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching.” Obedience does not produce love; obedience flows from love. Genuine love is demonstrated by action. When you love Jesus you show it by obeying His teaching.
Not one of us is perfect. There will be times of disobedience. But for the believer disobedience is not the habitual norm of life. We have been transformed from within. The Holy Spirit lives in us. When we inevitably disobey, we feel the Spirit’s conviction and confess our sin. We consistently read God’s Word to learn more about Jesus’ teaching. Each day of our lives He calls us to demonstrate our love. He calls us to a fresh commitment to obedience.
Father, don’t let me be all talk and no action. May my love for You be demonstrated as loudly when no one is watching as it is when I lift my voice in praise at a weekend worship service. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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