Scripture Reading: John 14:23
In the early stages of a relationship or marriage, one notices the power of love. Although, true that some express lust disguised as love, but for certain pure-minded men and women wishing to come together as a couple, love strongly exists between them. So, just as a man hearkens to the demands of a woman he loves so much, Jesus in that same manner is requesting a greater obedience from us if we say we love Him.
Here, we are no longer talking about human love, but the love one has for our Savior and Provider – Jesus. First of all, it is very necessary that we note that God desires our love for Him. Remember that He was the first to love us, even when we were terrible sinners and never had any modicum of love for Him. But, regardless of that, the Scriptures said that: “…for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…” (Jn. 3:16) Now, the question is: “Do you love Him as well?’ Of course, a lot of people will answer yes, they love Jesus. What confirms that in them? Nothing! They are not living right, yet they claim to love God. The easiest and most confirmable way of showing your love to God is in obeying His commandments. “If you love Me”, Jesus said, “obey My commandments.” So, this means that the only thing that denotes the love one has for God is total obedience to His commandments.
What confirms our love for God is our persistent obedience to all His commandments. When we do what He says we should do, then we shall have shown that we have love for God. Truthfully, obedience to these commandments may not be easily realized. But, we have to try our best in expressing our genuine love for God through them. Anyone who does that, no doubt, is blessed and rewarded. The love you lavish on God when you patiently and persistently keep His commandments, even at difficult moments is a profitable one. God will surely reward you for that. Apostle Paul agreed to this when he said: “Eyes have not seen, nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Cor. 2:9) Additionally, Jesus says, “…He who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself in him.” (Jn.14:21) Therefore, be part of these blessings by developing a strong love for God. Recall that the love for God is strongly expressed in your love for neighbor for John said: “ If someone says, ‘I love God’, and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.” (1 Jn. 4:20-21) ALWAYS LEARN TO LOVE!
MASS: WHITE Acts 16:11-15; Ps 149:1bc-2.3-4.5-6a. 9bc (R.4a); Accl.Jn 15:26b. 27a; Jn 15:26-16:4a
1. As I live to know you better dear Lord, allow the air of Your love to saturate my heart.
2. Show me ways to properly express this love in my thoughts, actions and relationship with neighbors in the name of Jesus Christ.
3. Make me also a vessel through which the love of Christ is expressed in the lives of other people that as a mirror in the world, they may see the love of God through me through Jesus the risen Lord.
4. Let the blessings that come with love and obedience overflow in my life. In Jesus name. Amen.
5. Take the prayer “Spirit of loving God” (Section One of the Book, AMEN IT’S DONE).
Exercise: Today express your love for God in the less privileged through your DSD charity group.
Meditation: 1 John 4:19