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In John 14:15, Jesus said, “If you love me, you will obey what I command.”  This is the flip side of the last post, where Jesus said  very plainly that those who do not love Him will not obey His teaching.  In Jesus’ world:

 LOVE = OBEDIENCE

Obey Like a Child

In Jesus Said Be Humble, Jesus said  we are to change and become like little children (Matthew 18:3).  Any parent will tell you that obedience is one thing they expect from their children.  Parents love and take care of their children; children love and obey their parents.  As God’s children, Jesus said  we are to demonstrate our love by obedience. Obedience does not make me my earthly father’s daughter, any more than it makes me God’s child; obedience is the required response of a daughter who loves her father on earth, and her Father in heaven.

Just like a child doesn’t always agree with or understand a parent’s commands or instructions, we may not always agree with or understand Jesus’ commands (which are ALL from God—see John 15:15).  Drop your pride and make the decision to agree with Jesus, even if you don’t feel like it, or if it goes against something you think is okay.  If you don’t do this, Jesus said  you cannot enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 18:3)

 

The Blessings for Obedience

Jesus said  that the person who obeys His commands will be blessed abundantly!  From the referenced scriptures, here is a list of Jesus’ promises for those who obey Him:

–          You will be loved by the Father! (John 14:21)

–          You will be loved by Jesus! (John 14:21)

–          Jesus will show Himself to you! (John 14:21)

–          Jesus and the Father will come and make their home with you! (John 14:23)

–          You will remain close to Jesus, in His love! (John 15:10)

–          Jesus’ joy will be in you! (John 15:11)

–          Your joy will be complete! (John 15:11)

–          You will be called “my friend” by Jesus! (John 15:14-15)

Obedience is not a hindrance or gateway to a life of drudgery and servitude, as often taught by the world.  In contrast, Jesus said  that obedience is a gateway to these blessings!  I don’t know about you, but the above list is what I want:  love, intimacy, joy, and friendship with Jesus and my Father.  I trust and embrace Jesus’ teaching that obedience to His teachings is the gateway to receive them.

 

Call to Action

If you have not already done so, go back and read Jesus Said Don’t Disobey His Teaching, which goes hand in hand with this post.  The Call to Action there explains the beautiful cycle of obedience that is repeated in the heart and life of someone who is born again and yielded to the Holy Spirit:

Born Again/Christ in You!

God’s Holy Spirit Prompts You

Obedience to Holy Spirit

God’s Holy Spirit Prompts You

Obedience to Holy Spirit

 

ETC

 

Don’t miss out on this key teaching and gateway to God’s blessings!