“If you love me you will obey what I command.”
If we love Jesus we will obey Him. He will send the Holy Spirit, the Counsellor, to be with us.
Because Jesus is alive, we too will live. Anyone who loves Jesus will obey Him, but if anyone does not love Jesus they will not obey Him, and the Father will not dwell with them.
Jesus will soon go away from them. Satan has no power over Him, but He must go to the cross to show the world that He obeys the Father.
If we love Jesus, we will obey all His commands. If we do not love Him, we will not obey Him.
This is not legalism! This is not performance christianity!
Those who love Jesus find that they want to do the things that He wants. Gradually, out of love for Jesus, they become more like Him.
It is not, “Obey my commands to prove you love me.” No, love comes first and then a promise. “If you love me, you will obey my commands.”
In the next verse, He gives us the key. “I will send the Counsellor.”
We don’t do this alone! Jesus gives us the Holy Spirit who dwells in us and helps us every day to live for Christ.
We say, “Yes”, to Jesus when we get saved. The Holy Spirit comes in and shows us what that means. We listen to the Spirit and find, over time, that we love Jesus more and more.
Eventually, all those sins which once were so enticing to us, lose their appeal because we love Jesus more than the pleasured of sin.
Lord Jesus I love you! Help me to love you more. May my heart so be full of love for you that your commandments become a joy not a burden. Amen.