Love Vs Obedience

April 29, 2010

Great time with Jesus this morning.  Have you ever had those moments where you sensed His presence?

It was nothing planned or constructed–I had some extra time sitting in my car, and opened up my Bible to John 13.  I read John 13 and nothing really struck me or stood out.

Then I got to John 14.  Jesus started speaking.  The verses that stood out were: John 14:15, John 14:21, & John 14:23.

“If you love me, you will obey what I command.”  — John 14:15

“Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me.  He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.”  — John 14:21

“If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching.  My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.”  — John 14:23

You can see from the repetitive nature (all within 8 verses) of this idea of love and obedience that Jesus found the relationship between the two very important.  I think many times we become infatuated with one or the other…we focus on Jesus is only love or Jesus demands obedience.

I think the scripture is clear that the two have a significantly close relationship and I don’t think you can have one without the other.

The question I was asking in my journal this morning is…is it my love for Jesus that generates obedience or is it my obedience that produces love?

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