Love is…

Posted: March 31, 2011 in Christian Living
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Jesus says in John 14:15 “If you love me, keep my commands.” Sounds like simple logic to me. As simple as it sounds, the concept kind of goes against a lot of the current thoughts on love though. We want love to be some sort of pretty thing, where our feelings lead us on paths of wonderment. We cast aside our logic and reasoning for the warm, fuzzy feelings and goofy amorous befuddlement. It sounds great, right? We can get caught up in the imagery of love, and forget that love is not always poetically sweet and emotionally soothing. Love can be hard, it can be a struggle. Love can even be, dare I say it, boring and monotonous at times.

Back to the words of Christ. “If you love me, keep my commands.” Does that seem to speak to the poetic, emotional, wondrous feeling of love that usually bounces around our minds? I don’t know about you, but the love Jesus talks about seems to reach out to something deeper, something more substantial. The love Jesus embodies speaks to a higher level of devotion. Jesus speaks of a love most of us have never even thought of, let alone attempted. Jesus says that love puts others ahead of oneself. If we love others, we are to serve them and put them first. If we love Jesus, we are to serve Him and put Him first. We are to keep His commands.

It makes sense if you really think about it. If you believe that Christ is who He says He is, why would you put yourself before Him? If you believe that He is above all things, and that He knows what is best, why would you even think about disobeying Him? If you believe that He is looking out for you, and that He cares for you, and that He is able to provide whatever you need to accomplish anything He asks of you, why wouldn’t you obey Him?

Jesus said that narrow is the road that leads to life. Maybe that’s because it is hard to love like He calls us to love? Maybe it’s too hard to keep His commands? Maybe we just love ourselves too much and don’t want to give up control? Whatever the reason, we need to put Him first. It is our biggest act of love, and our greatest act of worship.

  1. Carl says:

    You are dead on with this, Chris. Putting Jesus first is the key. I love that He turns around in John 15:14 and says, “You are my friends if you do what I command you.” Loving others leads to a more personal relationship with Jesus. How cool is that? Thanks for sharing.

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