John 14:15, ““If you love Me, keep My commandments.”
There are rules in place for a reason. Rules are made so that people know what is allowed and what is not. Rules are in place so that society is governed properly. The Bible is all about keeping of commandments.
Jesus put out four little words, “if you love me.” Jesus knows our hearts. He knows our minds. He already knows who loves Him and who do not. This is not really a question of “if.” This love is not a brotherly love but that of a beloved love. Someone that loves wholeheartedly. Jesus does love us; this cannot be questioned. Jesus went to the cross for us. Jesus died for us. Jesus made a way for us. There is no question to the amount of love Jesus has for us. The question is, “how much love do we have for Jesus?” Since He did so much, how much are we willing to do for Jesus?
Jesus asks us one simple, yet profound thing. “Keep my commandments.” Three words but so much in them. All the commandments that are told to us in the Bible are important. Love one another. No other gods before God. No envy. No stealing. All important. We need to show a commitment to Jesus. Not that this will save us, because it won’t. Not that it will buy us more points in Heaven; it will not. We should do this because Jesus wants us to. We should love Him so much that there is never a question of whether to follow Him or not. We should keep His words.
Sadly, we fail at this. We fail because we are not perfect. We sin. We make mistakes. We are not consistent like Jesus is consistent. The wonderful thing is, Jesus knows this. We are God’s creation. We need to know that when we try to follow Jesus, we are on the right path. If we fall off that path, we need to correct ourselves and get back on the right path. Jesus is there to help us if we will only ask. He will help us to follow Him. He is not asking the impossible; He is asking the “ourpossible.” He wants our very best and when we fall short, He is there to pick us up and dust us off. Keeping of commandments is not a trap set by God; they are guidelines on how to follow God.
Thank You for all that You do for us. We love You and need You. You are there for us even when we do not feel You there. Help us to do our best to follow You. Salvation is not earned but that does not give us a free pass to do what we want when we want. Help us to defeat our awful addictions that come between You and us. Help us to live for You more fully. You are an awesome God and worthy of our love and praise. We owe everything to You and we humbly pray that You bless us as You say You will.
In Your name we pray,