Love and the Commandments
Revelation 22:14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may enter through the gates into the city.
Many Christians think that if they believe in Jesus that alone is enough, but Scripture is clear that those who believe will also obey the Lord’s commands, and those who obey will be blessed. Faith and obedience cannot be separated. They walk hand in hand.
Near the end of John’s Revelation we hear how those who obey the Lord’s commands have the right to eternal life and entrance into Heaven. John goes on to tell us that outside the Holy City will be the disobedient; “…dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.” (v. 15) We cannot profess to love Jesus and disobey His commandments. (John 14:15) If you keep Jesus’ commandments then that proves you love Him, and both the Father and the Son will love you. (John 14:21) If you keep the Lord’s commandments you will live in His love. (John 15:10)
How does the Bible define “love?” “This is love, that we walk according to His commandments.” (2 John 1:6) What are the commandments? “You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37-39) How do you love God and your neighbor? Keep the commandments. Which ones? “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Romans 13:9-10)
Do His commandments and you will be blessed.
Have a God Filled Week,