If Ye Love Me…

If ye love me, keep my commandments.

John 14:15

This is one of the most convicting verses in the Bible to me.  It is so simple, yet so powerful.  Seven little words that can drive a dagger into a cold and backslidden heart.  Seven little words that can bring a saint to tears.  Seven little words that can inspire the Christian to a more holy life.

“If ye love me, keep my commandments.”  Do we love Jesus?  It’s easy to say that we do.  It’s easy to go to church every week, sit in the pew, and sing songs like “Oh, How I Love Jesus.”  Saying it is easy.  Living it is a little more difficult.  If we are truly going to love Him, we are going to keep His commandments.  We are going to do the things that He wants us to do.  We are going to love Him not just in word, but in deed.

It is the same with people.  It is easy to say that we love someone.  “I love you.”  Those are three little words that are easy to speak, but much more difficult to live out.  Any married couple can tell you that saying “I love you” is probably easier than doing all of the things that loving a spouse entails.

If there is love, there is going to be action that comes out of that love.  When we are talking about loving Jesus, that action is going to be obedience to Him and to His Word.  Saying that we love Jesus is nice, but if we truly want to love the Saviour, we need to heed His words: “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

We say that we love Him.  Are we keeping His commandments?  Do we truly love Him?

2 responses to this post.

  1. Loved this post! So very true! Love is a verb and action speaks louder than words… Saying or singing that you love the Lord doesn’t mean much as doing what He has asked you to do especially the difficult things. Lip service is the fruit of hypocrisy… Reminds me of Isaiah 29:13 (“Inasmuch as these people draw near with their mouths
    And honor Me with their lips, But have removed their hearts far from Me”). Stay blessed and living in His love as you truly love Him!


    • Thank you for the comment! “Love is a verb and action speaks louder than words.” That is a great point. We show our love, not by what we say, but by what we do. God bless you as you love Him and walk in His love!


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