By Zach Wood
John 14:21 (NLT)
“Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them”.
There are many things in life that we must prove. If we say we’re committed to doing something, we must show that proof by following through. If we say we love someone, we must prove that by the way we treat the person. It doesn’t make any sense to talk all about how we are committed or how much we love someone if we aren’t willing to follow through and show that proof by the way we live.
It makes sense, doesn’t it? We couldn’t expect someone to believe us, just from what we say, if we aren’t committed to proving that we mean it. If we are committed, we will follow through. If we love others, we will show that by the ways we treat them.
Let’s take this concept and apply it to our relationship with God. This passage really hits the nail on the head in this regard. We are really good these days talking a good game when we discuss our love for God. However, the true test comes when we actually live that out. Do we really commit to following His commandments? Do we strive to obey God in all that we do? If we say we love Him, why wouldn’t we strive to obey and follow? That makes sense.
In writing this, I am in no way suggesting that we do not love God as we say we do. But what I am suggesting is that we examine our lives and our hearts to check whether or not we are truly genuine in proving that love to Him by the ways we live. Our work places wouldn’t believe that we are committed if we are habitually late or don’t show up much at all. Our kids wouldn’t believe that we love them if we are constantly coming down on them all the time. We must prove our love by actually showing it to them.
If we truly love God, the proof or our claim will surely come from the way we live. We will obey His commands and strive to not only our love for Him, but also to others.