John 14:15, "If ye love me, keep my commandments."
John 15:10, "If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love."
Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” A Christian who loves the Lord will keep His commandments. A Christian shows they love the Lord by keeping His commandments. Our obedience to Him is the best evidence of our love to Him.
You can show God you love Him by keeping His commandments. What He says, you do. You do what He says because what He says is right. You do what He says because what He says is best for your life. You do what He says because it is His will. In addition to all of this, you do what He says because it is how you show Him that you love Him.
There is a lot of talk about loving God. There are scores of people, whom if you and I were to ask them, “Do you love God?” they would reply quickly with a resounding, “Yes, I love God!” But, love is so much more than just three words, “I love you.”
Does a man, who tells his wife he loves her, does he truly love her? What are those words without action and demonstration of his love? If he says he loves her and does nothing ever for her, does he truly love her?
Does a woman, who tells her husband she loves him, does she truly love him? What are those words without action and demonstration of her love? If she says she loves him and does nothing ever for him, does she really love him?
Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” God has said that you can show Him that you love Him. Don’t you want the One who has loved you with an everlasting love to know that you love Him? You say, “I have told Him I loved Him.” I am glad for that. But, like your spouse or your children or your grandchildren, He needs more than your words. He needs your actions, your obedience to His commandments.
You see words can appear to show love, but someone who says they love another may not really love another. But, the one who shows their love, their love is not mistaken, but is clear, plain, evident, and present.
Now, I would like you to think about love known. Let’s go to chapter fifteen and verse ten. Jesus said, “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.”
Love has switched places in this verse. If we love Him, we obey Him. Now, if we keep His commandments, we abide in His love. Our obedience to Him is the best means to keep us in the assurance of His love to us.
Jesus spoke to His disciples of abiding in His love. In the middle of verse 10, He said, “…abide in my love…” I want you to notice that abiding in God’s love is no accident. Abiding in God’s love is also not automatic. Do not mistake what I have said. I am not speaking of God’s love, but abiding in God’s love.
God loves you. He loved you before you loved Him. He loves those who do not even love Him. I am not speaking of God loving people, but of an individual abiding in God’s love.
Love is not accidental or automatic. Abiding in God’s love is not accidental or automatic. Look at your Bible again at verse ten. This abiding in God’s love is the result of something. It occurs because of something being present. The Lord Jesus said at the beginning of verse 10, “If ye…ye shall abide in my love…” If ye…ye shall marks certain conditions and certain results. Certain conditions must exist in order for one to abide in God’s love.
In verse 10, Jesus said to His disciples, “If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love…” If a Christian is obedient to God, keeps His commandments, the obedient Christian will abide in God’s love.
Your obedience as a Christian to God does not sway, alter, increase, or diminish God’s love toward you. God loves you in your disobedience and God loves you in your disobedience. In your disobedience, you could rightly say, “God loves me.” If your obedience, you could rightly say, “God loves me.”
Abiding in God’s love is not the degree of God’s love shown to you. Abiding in God’s love is your recognition and sense and assurance of His love for you.
To help the disciples understand this truth of love known, abiding in God’s love, Jesus used His own life as an example. He said in the second part of verse 10, “…even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.”
The Lord Jesus Christ kept His Father’s commandments. His Father’s commandment was for Him to come to earth and to die on the cross for the sins of mankind. Jesus kept that commandment. Jesus perfectly obeyed the Father. He came to earth and died on the cross for man’s sins.
In the seventeenth chapter Jesus spoke of His obedience to the Father. He said, “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.”
His obedience to God the Father yielded His abiding in God’s love. Through Christ’s obedience, Christ had the full assurance of His position in the Father.
When Christ entered into His sufferings He had the full assurance and comfort of knowing He pleased the Father and His Father loved Him. He showed God the Father He loved Him by keeping His commandments (love shown) and in turn the Lord Jesus had the awareness of God’s love to Him (love known).
Is it any wonder then that when we are disobedient to God, do not keep the Lord’s commandments, that we question God’s love for us and our love to Him? Have you ever failed Him and been disobedient to Him and there arises a feeling in your heart and mind in regards to your position in Him? Have you thought, “If I were a child of God, I would never have done such a thing?” Have you thought after a failure in your Christian life, “Maybe I am not a Christian because I have been disobedient.”
As obedience yields abiding in God’s love, your disobedience to the Lord yields a fog covering that love. Is that love there? Yes, it is, but there is some uncertainty and a lack of clarity.
Have you ever experienced and been through a thick fog? Perhaps you were driving through a thick fog? Not too long ago, with the warm up we had a few weeks ago, there was a tremendous fog covering our area. You could look out the front doors of our church building and not see the buildings across the street.
The buildings across the street were still there. The fog just covered them. If we were to have walked across the street when that fog was there, we would find the buildings to still be there. The fog somewhat hid what was really there.
Our disobedience brings a fog to God’s love for us. When we are disobedient, we will look out the front doors to see if God’s love for us there and we will have a hard time seeing it. It may be a thick fog covering it completely from our sight. It may be a less dense fog which causes us to only see outlines. We will wonder, “Is God’s love for us still there?”
I assure you, child of God, God’s love is there. Your disobedience has cast a fog to come upon your recognition of His love for you. If you were to walk over to where it is you will find it there. It has not changed. Your disobedience has not changed your relationship to the Lord. You are His and He is yours. You are not abiding in His love.
This truth explains the questioning of God’s pardon in our lives when we are disobedient. It is impossible to retain the fullest sense of God’s pardoning love without continuing in the obedience of the faith. The way we abide in God’s love, retain the fullest sense of assurance, is through remaining obedient to the Lord’s commands. Our obedience to Him is the best means to keep us in the assurance of His love to us.