Monday, October 10, 2011

Jesus’ Love

John 14:23  Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

            There is a beautiful old song, “Jesus Loves Me.”  The first verse states, “Jesus Loves Me This I Know, For The Bible Tells Me So.”  Man has never written sweeter or truer words.  Yet, our problem is we have many thousands of people who “rest their eternity” on phrases that men have written.  They have no evidence of their Hope in Christ, but just in a cute little song.
            Jesus tells us that His Love is intended to be reciprocal.  It is a two-way street with a merging in our hearts.  I know that after 50+ years of marriage, love grows and matures.  (It is the same with our love for Jesus.)  How can we wait until the very last moments of our time and claim a reciprocal love that may only have just ignited, or may not exist at all?  Some men preach how Jesus loves us (and He does) and that is all that matters.
            Jesus’ love is defined by His willingness to die on the Cross.  In so doing, He displayed His love for each of us.

Luke 19:10  For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

            Along with this Reciprocal Love is another Commandment given that is: “he [we] will keep my words.”  Jesus tells us in addition to our verse:

John 14:15  If ye love me, keep my commandments.

            This is a requirement that goes beyond our love, and it is because of our love, that we will “keep my [His] commandments.”  In keeping His “commandments,” we are displaying to others that we are loved by Jesus and that we love Him.  We are displaying “The Reciprocal Love” we have within our hearts.
            Yes, our Bible does tell us that Jesus loves us, but are you telling Jesus you love Him, by “keep[ing] my [His] commandments?”

Bro John R. E Chastain
Retired Pastor
Wylie, Texas   Fundamental Thoughts     Fundamental Thoughts-Sermons

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