by Darla Noble
[Jesus said] “One who has my commandments, and keeps them, that person is one who loves me. One who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him, and will reveal myself to him.”
As a mother, I love my children more than life itself. There isn’t anything they could do to make me not love them. It simply isn’t possible because my love for them is unconditional.
There are, however, blessings, aka, privileges, that will be withheld from them if they do not respect my love for them by being obedient and respectful. For example, if my daughter refuses to pick up her toys, I don’t love her any less, but she will lose the privilege of having toys to play with until she learns to pick them up when instructed to do so.
That’s what today’s verse is all about. Jesus is saying that in order to truly experience His love for us at its best, we must love Him back by giving Him our whole self faithfully and obediently.
This is not contradictory to the truth that God’s love for us is unconditional. It is simply God’s way of expressing His appreciation for our acknowledgment of that love.
Do It: What areas of your life have you not turned over to God? What can you do to be more obedient to God? Decide today to let God have every aspect of your life.