“If you love me…” Go ahead, fill in the blank.
How have you finished that line when speaking to someone else? How has someone else finished that line when speaking to you?
God’s love for us is NOT conditional. It can’t be. Because the condition of God–His very nature–is LOVE.
Yet God does ask that we show our love—live out our love—for Him by obeying His commands. And even in this, our LORD does NOT leave us alone. He gives us His omnipresent Holy Spirit to lovingly, truthfully lead us, empower us and counsel us to obey our God!
“If you love me, you will obey what I command.
And I will ask the Father and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever—the Spirit of truth.”
Basically Jesus is finishing the line, “If you love me…” far differently than many of us would with our loved ones.
We expect them to figure out what we want or need to feel loved. You know…if they really loved us they would know what would mean something to us, or be special for us, that would make us feel loved. And if they really loved us they would darn-well-better be able to figure out just how that needs to be done! Beause we certainly shouldn’t have to tell them! Not if they really loved us!
As a counselor of individuals, couples and families, may I just say that is really ego-centric and totally ridiculous thinking?! (Was that blunt enough?!)
Jesus is so good to finish the line, “If you love me…” with…”I will tell you exactly how to love Me: obey My commands. And I will give you everything you need to show Me your love—through the guidance of My Presence–the Wonderful Counselor–My Spirit of Truth. I love you so much and I know that calling you to obey My commands, and giving you My Spirit to empower you to do so, is really My way of loving you.”
God has given us His life and His Spirit to show His love for us! Let’s give our Lord Jesus back some love, just the way He likes it: Obey His Loving, Truth-filled, Life-transforming Commands!
In love, peace and purposeful passion, Sylane