“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.”
This verse jumped out to me in a big way during this week’s Sunday evening service. It may have had something to do with the fact that my pastor read the first sentence several times for emphasis, but I know there was a deeper reason. I felt that stirring in my soul when I know the Spirit of God is speaking to me. Of all the scriptures I heard in church over the course of the day, this one screamed, “Make this verse the focus of you week!”
I say I love God. I know I love Him, yet I must examine whether or not I prove it. No one really loves flattery once he or she has tasted genuine praise. So I look at this verse and ask, how else am I to know Christ’s commandments if I’m not reading His Word? Not listening to this God I love’s message to me is not convincing anyone that I love Him. What makes things even worse is ignoring what I hear Him say to me.
Think about those relationship sinto which you’ve invested so much of your heart. You become vulnerable to the individuals. You trust them. You give them aid when they face a difficult time. When they need encouragement, you pour words of truth into their lives. After all of this investing, there’s really only one thing you want in return. Love. Knowing that your words have been taken to heart and applied to their lives.
This is God’s view of us. He dispels all of the lies we work so hard to believe about ourselves in His Word and yet we don’t acknowledge them as truth. In doing so we slap His face. He commands us to make disciples, yet we say we’re too timid or busy to minister or witness.
In doing this heinous act of disrespect to the God we say we love, we are not only proving ourselves liars, we miss out on an incredible gift. The end of the verse says that those of us who love God will not only be loved in return, but God will manifest (make Himself known/understood) Himself to us.
It’s time to prove that I love God more than sleep in the morning or the Internet during nap time. It’s time to believe His Word is truth when He says that I am fearfully and wonderfully made and that His grace is sufficient to cover my sin. It’s time to keep my love for Him real.