“If ye love Me, keep My commandments. … He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me … If a man love Me, he will keep My words” (John 14:15, 21, 23).
These words of Christ, as found in the great Last Supper Discourse, are very convicting words for sure. We know that Jesus loves us with an everlasting love. And thankful for it. We understand that our love for Jesus is simply because He first loved us. At the same time, we also know that the Great Commandment is to love Jesus with every fiber of our being. Yet, if we are to be honest with ourselves, we all fall so short of loving Jesus as we should. And, as it is often said, “the proof is in the pudding.”
The proof of our love for Christ is not simply in the words we declare, the songs that we sing, the amount of church services that we attend, the amount of money we throw in the offering plate, nor even in the service we render in Jesus’ name; but our love for Jesus is revealed in our obedience to the commandments of Jesus, as found in the Bible, and for sake of this morning’s thought, as found in the Gospels. While we are to obey all of the Bible, it’s in those “red letters of Jesus” that we find some of the most difficult passages to obey [i.e. love you enemies, etc…]!
If you are like me, you have a tendency to dwell on certain “likable” passages and skim over, if not completely skip the difficult ones!
THE DEPTH OF OUR LOVE FOR CHRIST IS REVEALED NOT IN HOW MUCH OF THE BIBLE WE KNOW, BUT HOW MUCH OF THE BIBLE WE OBEY INCLUDING THOSE RED LETTERS OF JESUS!!!
If we truly love Jesus, we can’t simply pick and choose our favorite passages. It’s a Bible, not a buffet!