MEMORISE : If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I
have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. JOHN 15 : 10.
READ : JOHN 15 : 9 – 10.
9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept
my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 CHRONICLES 23 : 25 AND LUKE 18 : 35 – 19 : 10.
God loves us so much the He gave us Himself as a gift. Giving Jesus Christ to
die for us was the same as giving Himself to us ( 1 Timothy 3 : 16 ). But He did
not stop there, He went further, pointing out to us in Romans 8 : 32 that :
“He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he
not with him also freely give us all things.”
However, love should be a two-way exchange, and not one-sided. If you love
someone and your love is not being reciprocated, after a while, something will
happen to that love. That love may grow cold or even die. The same applies to
the relationship between God and us. If you check through the scriptures, you
will learn that whenever God does something for someone, He expects them to
do something in return. It is one thing to be loved and another thing to abide
in that love. While you were in your sins, God demonstrated His love for you by
sending Himself, in the person of Jesus Christ, to die for you. When you
respond to this divine initiative by repenting of your sins and accepting Jesus
as your Lord and Saviour, you will be washed by His blood and forgiven. After
this, God increases His love towards you, and when you reciprocate, that love
Love begets greater love. If you want to sustain or increase the love that God
has for you, reciprocate His love. In today’s reading, Jesus tells us that when
He came to earth as a man, He was loved by the Father; but to sustain that
love, He had to keep the Father’s commandments. What the Father expected of
Jesus is what He expects of us today. There is no way you will continue in
God’s love when you deliberately break His commandments or refuses to obey
Him. If He has loved you, He expects you to love Him too. He expects your
obedience. He also expects you to love other brethren. How have you
reciprocated the love of the Lord? Even though afflictions, persecutions,
angles, Satan, what we see and what we can’t see cannot separate us from the
love of God in Christ Jesus ( Romans 8 : 35 – 39 ), disobedience, manifested by
violation of His word, can deal that love a terrible blow
ACTION POINT :
List some things you have never done that you can start doing to reciprocate
the love of God. Do them from today!
AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.
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