A Life Long Commitment

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

God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life”. But I ask the question do you truly love Him? He said with our lips we do honor Him, but are far from Him. Are we guilty of living our lives based on His love for us, more than our love for Him.

Jesus said if we love Him we will keep His commandments. Obedience is not optional for believers. Jesus stated a simple fact that must be clearly understood. “If  you love me you will keep my commandments. Jesus is not giving an optional commandment, “If you love me then (optional) keep my commandments. He is saying that the man who truly loves Him will keep His commandments. So for the born again believer there is no option. He loves Jesus; and he keeps His commandments. In this we the true believer is not claiming perfection, but we are claiming to love Jesus and to believe with all our heart that Jesus is the Son of God. Therefore we must diligently seek Jesus, and seek to please Him in all that we do. To Love Jesus is not an emotional thing. It involves emotions but it is not based on emotions. It doesn’t change according to the situation. It is not a rational or mental commitment. It involves the mind but it is more than deciding and following some rules. To love Jesus is a matter of the heart and the spirit. It is a heart thing, from the innermost being of man.

The heart is the seat of man’s affections, and devotion. The heart attaches and focuses our  affection, will, and devotion to an object or person. The heart causes a man to will, or to give himself either to good or bad. To love Jesus means that a man focuses his heart, affections, and devotion upon God by giving and receiving the love of God. That we give all we have and are to Jesus Christ for him to do as he will. We deny our self, not deny our self of things, but deny self. We die to self and our will that we might live in Him as He lives within us.