“If you love Me, keep My commands” (John 14:15). When we speak about love, we often refer to an emotional feeling, something that moves our emotions. Love for another, ourselves, and even God often boils down to that which we feel. If my feelings are high, then my love is stronger.
In the Bible, love is an action. Jesus tells His disciples that the sign of their love for Him is how they keep (obey) His commandments. The same remains true today; our obedience demonstrates our love of the Lord, not our emotions.
Jesus’ statement to His disciples parallels Moses’ instructions to the Israelites: “Love the Lord your God and keep His requirements, His decrees, His laws and His commands always” (Deut. 11:1; emphasis added). In the Old Testament, one showed his or her devotion to the God of Israel by obeying His commandments, doing what pleased Him. Action. Obedience.
The Bible is consistent in its message that we exhibit our love for God through our obedience to His commandments. Jesus asked His disciples, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46). So, we not only display our love and devotion to Jesus by obeying Him, but we actually verify whether or not we truly identify Him as Lord, by our obedience.
We demonstrate our love for God, not by announcing it to others, or what we say on social media, or how excited we get singing in church; no, we demonstrate our love for God in our obedience, and specifically by how we love others (Lev. 19:18; Matt. 7:12; 22:35-40; John 15:12).
Do we see our love of God demonstrated in our pursuit of obeying Him?
We live in a world filled with a lot of talking, but do we daily seek to allow our actions to show the depth of our love and devotion to God? Do we identify ourselves as Jesus’ disciples by our keeping of His commandments? Jesus identified obedience as the evidence of our discipleship. “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”
Father, today I submit myself to Your will and commands. In everything I say and do, may I demonstrate the depth of my love and devotion to You. Amen.