“If You Love Me…” #562

If you love Me, keep My commandments. (John 14:15, NKJV)

Love is not unconditional. Worldly-minded people think love is unconditional, allowing them to justify their sin and demand your acceptance of them in spite of their sin. “Love is love”, they say, and, “if you love me you will accept me unconditionally”. These statements display a self-serving definition of love. God teaches us to love sinners, but He never teaches us to love sin or to have fellowship with, endorse or approve those who live in sin (Eph. 5:8-11; 2 Jno. 10-11). Those who love Jesus keep His commands. Obedience is the condition He stipulates as the love He accepts. Jesus went on to say, “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him” (Jno. 14:21). Do you love Jesus? Your answer is found in whether or not you are obeying Jesus.

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