Good Life Journal - John 14
15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
Jesus tells the disciples that the key to obedience is love. Loving Him results in obedience.
For many years I would read this passage and assume Jesus was saying, “prove your love to me by obeying me!” However the longer I follow Jesus the more I understand that He is trying to help us get a very simple concept. Love comes first. I don’t obey my way to loving Jesus. I love my way to obedience. Once I realize that I am loved by God, my life changes. I learn to love Him back and once my love increases, I begin to obey out of love.
A couple things...
-He first loves me. He always goes first. Therefore anything I do is a response.
-Love first. The basis of my whole life is the love that God gives and the love I get to reciprocate.
-Obedience follows. If I find myself in disobedience there is a lack of love. My greatest chance of obedience is acting and behaving from a place of love.
Thank you for loving me first. Thank you for giving me the chance to love back. May my actions be a result of love. Love for you and for others.