“If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:15-18 NKJV
I don’t know about you, but I have for the longest time had difficulty with verse 14 of this passage. I have interpreted this verse to say, “If you don’t keep my commands then you really don’t love Me.” This filled me with so much guilt and condemnation that it stifled my growth in Christ. I have sang songs in church about loving the Lord but never really felt like I did.
But recently Jesus has given me a revelation of this verse that I hadn’t realized before. He revealed to me the truth of this verse and the passage. He showed me that if I love Him first, then I will obey His commands. It all starts with loving Christ. Once I began to understand that He is in me and loves me and that I am in Him, it changed everything. I love Him because He has done everything for me that I could never do on my own.
In verses 16-18 of this passage Jesus tells us that He will give us the Holy Spirit to indwell us and to help us. The indwelling life of Christ through the Holy Spirit is the source of us being able to obey Him. We cannot please the Lord or live the Christian life on our own. It is impossible. He is pleased with us because we have yielded to Him and put our trust in Christ alone. This truth has set me free to love Christ and trust that He will move me to obey Him out of my love for Him. I hope you will receive such a revelation from Christ that will set you free as well.