Listen to today’s devo!

If you love me, keep my commands. (John 14:15)

In the home, smart parents have established rules and guidelines by which children have to abide. If they choose to obey, all is well. If they don’t, then things tend to get a little uneasy. The same is true in society. We have laws that require certain behaviors, and if those laws are not observed, a penalty is enforced.

The Bible is full of guidelines, rules, and counsel on how one should live and honor and glorify God. Anyone who is passionate about following Christ understands the need for spiritual disciplines and obedience. However, Jesus never intended that his relationship with us be rooted in obedience. His intention is to have a relationship with us that comes from love. Because of his love, he will never abandon us. He sent the Holy Spirit to indwell us, and he prepares a place for us with him.

In John 14:15–29, Jesus said multiple times, “The one who loves me is the one who obeys me.” If you are struggling to live up to God’s Word, to follow his teaching, or to stay true to God’s plan for you, perhaps your issue is not with obedience, but with love. Jesus wants to be in a right relationship with you. Focus on his goodness and his desire to be with you, and out of love for the Father you will walk in obedience.

Ask God how your obedience can be the result of love.

Scott Simmons serves as lead pastor of Kernersville Wesleyan Church (NC). He previously served The Wesleyan Church as director of youth ministries.

© 2021 Wesleyan Publishing House.  Reprinted from Light from the Word.  Used by permission.  Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.