"Jesus answered, 'If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. 24 The one who doesn’t love Me will not keep My words. The word that you hear is not Mine but is from the Father who sent Me.'"
Have you ever found yourself arguing with a loved one? I'm guessing that everyone reading this is nodding up and down emphatically. Ok, in these unplanned and always untimely arguments have you ever said something like this, "Don't tell me you love me, show me" ? This within itself is perplexing, why would love seem to have a condition to it? After all, love is supposed to be unconditional.
Love is described in 1 Corinthians 13 as ..."patient, kind, does not envy, is not boastful, or conceited, does not act improperly, is not selfish or provoked, does not keep record of wrongs, finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoiced in truth...." all of which are outwardly visible traits seen by those around us. Therefore our actions provide evidence of our love for those around us. If our actions are contrary to the definition then we are not loving.
Jesus, In John 14 gives us another requirement for love...obedience. "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word." It's simple, obedience is a response and act of our Love for Christ and disobedience is a loveless act towards our Lord and Savior.
We live in a world with flexible views on almost everything. But, Christ's word is absolute, if I dare to say...inflexible. It is not open for change and is not just a cute story with good morals. Our act of obedience is birthed from His perfect love towards us, and our love for Him is birthed from a heart of undeserved gratitude to our creator who holds the exclusive right of salvation to all of us. God alone is Sovereign and obedience is not optional.
When we respond to God's word, do we respond with a bartering heart that feels guilted into obedience or do we run to obedience not matter the price because of a love so deep that we cannot contain it?