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Daily Reading: 13th August 2015

John 15.9-10 cont.

9 Just as the Father loves Me, so I love you. Remain in My love.

10 If you do keep My commandments you remain in My love, even as I have kept the commandments of My Father, and I remain in His love.

During the Wimbledon Tennis Championships there have been occasions when the ball boys/girls have played a mock game of tennis. They take their positions on either side of the net and then pretend to hit a non-existent ball to each other, guessing where it would bounce, before pretending to return it. I’m not sure if this takes place every year.

It is obviously a pretence, because we all know that you cannot play a game of tennis without tennis balls.

This illustrates what Jesus said:

“If you do keep My commandments you remain in My love.”

Obedience to keeping the commandments of Jesus is the reality of remaining in His love, just as the tennis ball gives reality to a game of tennis.

The Jews would have been familiar with love for God being displayed in obedience to His commandments, In Deuteronomy 6.4 we read:

[4] “Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone.

[5] And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. [6] And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands I am giving you today – (NLT).

Love without obedience to the commands of Jesus is a hollow love. It is a sad fact that perhaps all of us at times fail to obey the commands of Jesus. At such times we need to repent and dedicate ourselves to obeying Him in all things.

In writing to the church at Thessalonica Paul penned these words:

Finally, dear brothers and sisters, we urge you in the name of the Lord Jesus to live in a way that pleases God, as we have taught you. You are doing this already, and we encourage you to do so more and more – 1 Thessalonians 4.1 (NLT).

In His life Jesus displayed the true nature of obedient love. As we read His word and allow it to shape our attitudes and thoughts, the greater will be our love for Him, displayed in our obedience to Him.

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