“Loving me empowers you to obey my commands. And I will ask the Father and he will give you another Savior, the Holy Spirit of Truth, who will be to you a friend just like me—and he will never leave you. The world won’t receive him because they can’t see him or know him. But you will know him intimately, because he will make his home in you and will live inside you.” John 14:15-17 TPT
Jesus replied, “Loving me empowers you to obey my word. And my Father will love you so deeply that we will come to you and make you our dwelling place.” John 14:23
Seems like Jesus thought this was very important to hear because He said it twice! What is there about loving Jesus that empowers you to obey? This seems to be a concept that few of us understand or puts into practice today.
Think about this for a moment. If loving Jesus gives me the power to obey, why don’t I obey when He asks me to do what I don’t want to do? I know this is an odd question, but it’s just the way my mind works. It’s a struggle at times!
Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Jesus! For all He’s done for me, I owe Him my life big time! But this obedience thing, it’s truly a struggle at times. It’s a battle that wearies the best of us. If Love truly holds to power to obey, I need access to that kind of Love.
1 John 4:7-8 says this about love: Those who are loved by God, let his love continually pour from you to one another, because God is love. Everyone who loves is fathered by God and experiences an intimate knowledge of him. The one who doesn’t love has yet to know God, for God is love.
So this is my simple conclusion to this complex post; If the Spirit of God is in us, Love is in us. If Love is in us, we have access to the greatest power in the universe and beyond. Unless we flip the switch, though the power is in us, we will never see or know the brilliance of the light we contain and the world won’t see the overflow of it.
Each time we obey, it’s like a power surge that brightens the light. It puts another log on the fire, causing the fire to be bigger and stronger so that others are warmed by the heat of it. The results become so overwhelmingly powerful that it’s hard to contain and simply impossible to disobey.