Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.
— John 14:21 NIV

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Most people, if they were asked "Do you love God?", would respond with "yes". It is instinct to have that response for most people. Also, most people, Christian or not, would agree that there is more to love than just a feeling. Love goes beyond a single moment. Love is something that is shown as well as felt. Love is a verb to be acted upon.

In this chapter we also see the same is true in our relationship with God. Loving God is more than something we say we do. Verse 15 says that if we love Jesus, we will keep His commandments. We will do what He says. Love for God goes beyond a one time high or a church service. Love for God is more shown in the way we live our lives and the way we are then being transformed on the inside.

 

god didn't leave you to figure it out alone


Verse 21 says that Jesus will manifest himself to those who love him. He will show himself and make himself more known to those who follow Him. This sounds like a lot of pressure on ourselves to do these things. While it is true that we can't accidentally stumble into spiritual maturity, loving God isn't about a list of do's and don'ts. Verse 26 says that we have the Holy Spirit as our helper to teach us and to help us remember what He has told us to do. God didn't leave you alone to figure out how to follow Him. He gave you scripture and the Holy Spirit within so that you know what true love is, and how to be filled with it.

pray

God, I love you and I want to love You more. Holy Spirit teach me what it looks like for me in my life to follow You more. Teach me Your ways and lead me in the path of righteousness. Thank You for choosing to love me first and allowing me to experience Your perfect love. Amen. 

- Nick Spencer