When Love Equals Obedience

He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.
— John 14:21

How can we know Jesus more intimately?

Through obedience. 

Jesus promises to show himself to those who show their love through obeying His commandments. Not just outward obedience, lip service, but obedience from the heart. 

Jesus said, If you love Me you will obey Me. Obedience is a natural outpouring of our love for Him. We love Him because He first loved. When you truly love, you want to serve. 

The Holy Spirit fills our hearts with love and the ability to obey and serve as we draw closer to our Savior. 

"And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us." Romans 5:5

God's laws are a sign to us of His love and desire for us to live our best lives. Our obedience is a sign of our love back to Him. God honors those who honor Him. 

If we obey with love, God the Father and God the Son will reveal themselves to us and make a home with us. And what an honor! 


To Ponder: 

Do I want to see Jesus manifested in my life?


Prayer:

Father, 

I want Your love and presence in my life. Guide me with Your Holy Spirit to always be faithful to You, to have a heart of obedience. To honor You with my life. Reveal Yourself to me. Give me spiritual eyes that I may see as You do. 

In Jesus Holy Name, amen. 

Lori HilComment