Tests of Love 2

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TESTS OF LOVE 2

This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome. 1 John 5:3

The Christian cannot be certain of the reality and depth of his love until he comes face-to-face with the commandments of Christ and is forced to decide what to do about them. Then he will know. “He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings” (John 14:24), said our Lord. “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me" (John 14:21). So the final test of love is obedience.

Not sweet emotions, not willingness to sacrifice, not zeal, but obedience to the commandments of Christ. Our Lord drew a line plain and tight for everyone to see. On one side He placed those who keep His commandments and said, “These love Me.” On the other side He put those who keep not His sayings, and said, “These love Me not.”

hought

The commands of the one who so loved us are not burdensome. If we have experienced His love we can be sure that obedience to His word shows love and also results in our growth as His people.

Prayer

O Christ, You gave Yourself for me. What love! I belong to You. May I show my love in obeying You.