Daily D – John 14:15
John 14:15 “If you love me, you will keep my commands. (CSB)
Flip back to John 13 and read up to this verse and you will hear how Jesus talks about loving his disciples and you will see in his actions how he loves his disciples. He now gives them a command, a directive, an order in 13:34 and 35:
“I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Jesus makes it clear. The way we demonstrate that we love him is by loving others.
The Apostle Paul took this to heart. In his magisterial letter we call Romans, he amplifies for us what it looks like to relate to others in love. We see this instruction most clearly in chapters 13-15. We see evidence of this reality in chapter 16. Paul also joyfully inscribes these truths in 1 Corinthians 13. We could go on.
You get the idea that the defining commandment for us from Jesus is that we love one another. Pick up the Apostle John’s next volume (1 John) and notice how much of what he says in those pages echo what Jesus says here.
This follows what God tells us from the beginning and what Jesus identified as the Greatest Commandment. We can find Jesus’ words in response to a question: “Teacher, which command in the law is the greatest?” (Matthew 22:36). There were over six hundred for him to choose from and he chose these two:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”
The supreme command of our Father in heaven and our risen Savior is love.
Love God supremely.
Love others genuinely.
Love reorients our thinking.
Love redirects our behavior.
Love seeks the highest good for all people everywhere.
God rules in love. We are to live in masterful expression of his love.
We love God by loving others.
Today’s motivational message is a question: How can I most appropriately and genuinely love everyone I encounter today? How can I turn this command into the keystone habit which makes possible new realities?
I will live and love like Jesus.
Our Father, make me the most loving man I can possibly be. I want to live and lead with love. I want to speak and serve in love. I want to think and decide in love. Amplify your love through my life. Amen.
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Genesis 26:26-31 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?”
28 They answered, “We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the LORD.”
30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully.
Genesis 22:13, 14 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.
Genesis 21:1-3 Now the LORD was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac to the son Sarah bore him.
Genesis 17:1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless.
Genesis 6:9 This is the account of Noah and his family.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.