What Does It Mean to Love?
John 14:15 ESV
If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
John, the writer of the Gospel of John, wrote the book with this one thought in mind.: “… these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name” (John 20:31 KJV).
The value or worth we put on someone we love gives us a connection with this person and is the foundation of our relationship. God is our Creator, Redeemer, Provider, and Friend. As a Christian, we have a personal relationship with Him and therefore, we are greatly influenced by His love for us. “We love him, because he first loved us” (I John 4:19 KJV). Jesus is teaching the disciples that no amount of obedience is the true source of love. Genuine love comes from the Father, a gift of love. For by grace you have been saved through faith…not your own doing; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8).
We have believed that our obedience is the proof of our love for Christ and that our obedience will gain us the love of the Father but, unfortunately, obedience does not gain us the love of the Father. His love is a gift given to us when we believe and trust in Him as our Savior. Our obedience flows from this supernatural gift of love that God has given to us.
I John 2:3-5 says, “And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments…whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected…” Receive Me, follow Me, believe in Me, love one another, trust in Me and rest in Me are some of His commands. His commands are not burdensome, but trying to keep them perfectly is. Our focus is on our love for Christ as a truly extraordinary gift because we, as fallen people, cannot obey God perfectly.
Lord, thank You that Your commands are not burdensome.