A few weeks ago on Instagram I posted the following:
and the caption read “Reading John 14 this morning for devotion and vs 15 stood out to me; I love that Christ isn’t forcing us to keep His commandments and doesn’t expect us to do it out of religious duty but instead just out of love, which is what we do in any relationship! This just shows that He’s waaaaaaaay more interested in having a loving relationship with us than a religious one! #ILoveJesus #RelationshipOverReligion“
As I continued reading the rest of chapter 14, I felt convicted and challenged. In verses 15, 23, and 24 the Lord makes the distinct correlation between loving Him and keeping His commandments very clear. I began to ask myself “how much do I truly love the Lord?” The answer should be seen in the way I keep His commandments and in all honesty, sometimes I don’t do my best at that.
There are times when I don’t love others the way I should.
Sometimes I am very quick to get angry.
In other instances I choose to think and indulge in things that I know do not honor Christ.
We’re all accountable for what we know so, while conviction sucks, this scripture has challenged me to show love to Christ by doing my best to keep His commandments.