As the Father has loved me, I have also loved you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commands you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. (John 15:9-10)
To remain in Christ’s love is to live in harmony with him. As he is loving us, we should love him in return. In this passage, Jesus instructs us how to do this. We must keep his commandments. When we keep his commandments, nothing gets in the way of Christ’s love. Conversely, when we disobey, Christ must deal with our disobedience. The greatest tragedy of sin is that it gets in the way of our relationship with Jesus. Jesus is not calling us to keep an impersonal moral code, but to keep the commandments of the Savior who loves us and gave his life for us. Therefore, the truest motive for obedience is our love for him!
Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for your love. Show me how keeping your commandments is the best way I can express my love for you.
Sin promises to give you better blessings than Christ, but sin’s promise is a lie. Sin does not love you. When your life is ultimately ruined, sin will offer no consultation or kindness. So you must learn to hate your sin. The way out of sin is to learn to love your Savior. When you love him, you will obey him. Obedience is therefore a personal thing between you and Christ. When you are in harmony with him, you will obey him. The result of this abiding is peace and joy.