If You Love Me...
September 6, 2016, 6:38 AM

John 14:23 (NIV)

23 Jesus replied, Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

In reading these words, Jesus simply states that if you love him you will obey his teachings. Once you read chapter 14 of John from the beginning you can get more of an idea of the context of the passage in this story, but as you read this single passage it gets me to thinking... "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching... Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching". It's like this in school maybe elementary or middle school did you ever receive a note that simply stated "Do you Like Me? Yes or No".

Well question is, Do you Love Him?

In verse 23 it states that Jesus replied, Jesus was answering a questions posed by Judas (not Judas Iscariot) 22 Judas  said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”

Jesus tells us that 18 "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live". For those of us that believe and choose to serve Him, He dwells with us in spirit. We know that in John 14:1 they are comforted knowing that as He said these words, 1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

We know the way... and to If we love Him we will obey His teaching. I want to encourage you to obey the teachings of our Lord. Know that HE (Jesus) is coming back for His children. And you know the way, Jesus is the only way to Eternal Life...

SO MUCH can be taken from this scripture... But I love the parts to where He says that He will not leave us as orphans that He will come to us.. How amazing is it that we have instant family thorough Jesus... and that IF WE LOVE HIM.. that we should want to keep His teaching... think about it.

Praying for you today. Blessed and know that He will Be Back SOON!
Pastor Jonathan W. Pannell III


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