Adapted and expanded from a message given at the jail February 11, 2015
It is sometimes interesting to look at the negative of statements in the Bible. In this case, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”, turn it upside down and this is the result, “If ye do not love me, then do not keep my commandments.
In other words, if you don’t love me. . . don’t bother. I believe this is a valuable insight into the intent of Jesus that is sometimes missed.
Again and again and again, I come back to, how did Jesus reply when asked what the most important commandment was?
Our foundation must be our love for God. Everything else must be built upon this basis. If you don’t love God, then following His commandments won’t do you much, if any good, and the reverse is that, if you do truly love Him with your entire being, then you will as a consequence of that love, be naturally led into obedience to His commandments.
His love for us, our love for Him, and our submission to His commandments must be inextricably intertwined. If any one of these elements are missing, then our saving cord is snapped and we are lost. His love for us is an unbreakable given. He loves all, and it is not His will that any should perish, but there are those who will perish for their lack of reciprocated love for Him, and/or lack of submission to Him.
Jesus spoke of loving Him without obedience:
Strong words, but what does it avail to candy coat the message? To miss the target is to lose everything. The stakes are life and death. There is one way to a close relationship with God. . . one way to His plan of salvation, and that is to abide in His love. . . to love Him with everything you have, and to obey His commandments.
I love you God. . .
I thank you my Lord. . .
Help me love You as I should. . .
Help me obey You as I should. . .