From One Year Devotional Prayer Book Vol.II by Johnny Hunt
As believers, we are to heed Jesus’ words. Our love for God is not exhibited by how well we talk or how loudly we shout, but by how obedient we are. Three times in John 14, Jesus said that those who love Him will keep His commandments (vv. 15, 21, 23). It is apparent that this message is very important! Jesus said the commandments were His commandments. He personally owned them, so when we reject them, we reject Him. Many have been deceived, thinking that we will be pleasing to God when we simply know Christ’s commandments. But Jesus didn’t say, “If you love Me, know my commandments.” Biblical knowledge is vital, but it is not the ultimate test of your love for God. Knowledge is a means to an end; the end is obedience.
As believers, we receive help from the Holy Spirit to keep Christ’s commandments. Jesus knew we would need it! We are prone to wander. Our spirits are often willing, but our flesh is always weak. He prayed to the Father and promised to send us “another Helper.” The word “another” implies that the next Helper would be like Jesus, who was the first Helper. Jesus is the embodiment of truth, and the Spirit is the empowerment of truth. The Spirit indwells every disciple of Christ. So be filled with the Spirit, walk in the Spirit, and do not quench the Spirit.
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