If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.

”I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.”

”These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
— John 14:15-26 ESV

Most people, if they were asked "Do you love God?", would respond with "yes". That response is a lot of people's first instinct. 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.

Love is more than something we say


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. Our love for God is shown in the way we live our lives.

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.

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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 you perfect love. Amen. 

- Nick Spencer