Monday 18th July 2016 - Daily Reading:
John 14 - Love and Obedience

In recent months at church, the children during the Discipleship Group have been taking a look at some bible verses to do with 'Love'. The verses that the children have looked at have spoken about how much God loves us, how our love for God should bring us to a place of obedience, and how we should love one another as a body of believers.

I thought it would be good for the first few days of this week to take a look at the bible verses that the children have been looking at. The first one comes in John 14:15 and it says "If you love me, you will obey what I command."

It seems clear from what Jesus is saying here that there is a link between our love for Jesus, and our obedience towards him. If we love Jesus, and if we want to follow him, then this will be evident and demonstrated in our obedience to his commands and the things that he has said we should do! This is also backed up within the passage, when Jesus goes on to say in verse 21 "whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me." And again in verse 23 "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching." And verse 24 then goes on to say "He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me."

So it all seems fairly clear... our love for Jesus should bring us to a place of obedience to his teachings and his commands! I think this seems a tall order! I think you are reading this and thinking along the lines of "I get it wrong so often." Me too!! We all do... we all mess up on a daily basis and get things wrong! However, there is great news! We don't have a God of condemnation, but a God of love! A God of grace and mercy who is well aware that we get things wrong and are dependent on Him! However, in John 14, there is other good news! God hasn't left us on our own! He has sent the Holy Spirit to be our Counsellor, our Helper and our Guide! And see what the Holy Spirit will do in verse 26 "...the Holy Spirit will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you." So let's be people that do as Jesus commands, and pay attention to his teaching... not left alone to work it out on our own, but with the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of truth as our helper!

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