IF YOU love me, YOU WILL keep my commandments.
John 14: 21
WHOEVER has my commandments and KEEPS THEM, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.
IF you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.
Interesting to note; those abiding in Jesus' love will show the fruit of keeping His commands.
THE BIG IF SHOULDN’T BE IGNORED!
This love should be evident in His true disciples.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
We hear so much about love today within the church. But is it truly God’s love?
God’s love is often perverted to avoid teaching the whole gospel.
God’s love is often perverted to excuse people living according to their own lusts.
God’s love is often misused to quieten His true disciples from preaching the Word that will set the captives free.
God’s love is often misused as an excuse to call preachers of the truth, unloving.
God’s love is not found in disobeying His commandments as we clearly read.
There are many ways professing Christians pervert God’s love, but the evidence remains in the fruit of how they choose to live and approve of how others live.
A Tree and Its Fruit
Matthew 7:15- 30
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’
God has sent His Word and Spirit forward to set the captives free.
– Free of idolatry
– Free of sin
– Free of bondages
– Free indeed
Those using God’s love, grace or mercy as a reason to remain in slavery of sin, bondage and idolatry or prevent others from seeing this freedom which will come through the power of the gospel, will reap the reward of the ‘workers of lawlessness’ – eternal death.
— By Judah Ayling