In this scripture, Jesus says, “Whoever has my commandments and obeys them, loves me.” I don’t believe he means that we keep a list of his commands and say, “Hey Lord, here is the list, I did them all!” No, I believe he is saying that we should live His commands and teachings because we want to, not have to. We should live out of a heart of love and gratitude for Him, then we will receive a powerful promise.
The promise is that we will be loved by God the Father and Jesus. (Don’t miss that last part!) Jesus says He will reveal himself to us and He will make himself real to us! If we want to experience the presence of God, we need to live by His words. As we do this, Jesus becomes more real than the air that we breathe.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I choose to live by your Word not because I have to but because I want to. I do this out of a heart of gratitude because you first loved me, thank you. As I do this, open my eyes to your presence, become more real to me, Jesus, than the air I breathe. Thank you in your name Jesus, Amen