Showing Your Love Through Obedience
“He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.” (John 14:21)
In this verse, is Jesus saying we’ve got to earn the love of God by being good? Remember, when we study the Word of God, we always want to look at Scripture in light of Scripture. There’s no doubt that we are saved by faith alone. But there’s also no doubt that the way we prove we are really saved is by how willingly we obey God.
Think about it this way. It’s not like God doesn’t love bad little boys and girls, because God loves everyone. For instance, as a loving parent, you love your children no matter what they do. If they’re bad, you still love them. But when a child consistently obeys you, you appreciate that child even more! Why? Because he or she is saying, “I trust you enough to do what you’re asking me to do.” Life is better for your children, and for you, when they obey.It’s the same way with God. God loves all of us even when we’re bad. But He surely does love it more when we’re obedient to Him. Because God knows that when we trust Him, we really do love Him! He appreciates obedience, as any parent would.