John 15:9-11 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” (NIV)
Promise: God promises that obeying His commands will keep us in His love.
Lessons and Truths:
1. God desires obedience.
2. To stay in God’s love requires obedience.
3. The Love that God has for his Son Jesus is like the love Jesus has for me.
4. Obedience brings complete joy.
God’s love is complete and unconditional. We learn from Jesus that obedience and love go hand in hand. We can’t say we love God and then turn around and purposely live a life of sin and disobedience. Walking with God and staying close to Him, accepting His ways and will for our lives and striving to follow the pattern of obedience set by Christ will keep us in His love. What better place is there to be??? We can then join Paul and say as he did in Romans 8:38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (NIV)
In John 15: 9-11 Jesus is telling us about the constancy of God’s love and the hope and joy that will be ours when we walk in obedience to Him. He says our JOY will be complete. Have you experienced the joy of obedience? Do you strive to please God with how you live your life? Make this your prayer today and you will see your joy and the presence of God’s love more abundantly in your life.
Happy Valentine’s Day with the best love ever- God’s Love,