John 14:15 – 21
‘If you love me, you will keep my commandments’ is the first verse of this passage. I have issues with obedience but after reflection, I now understand this passage from John is about love, not keeping of commandments. The only commandment we are given in John is that in John 13. A new commandment I give to you, to love one another. We have to remember that following Christ gives us freedom and abundant life, but it involves things we may not be comfortable with and being obedient.
God invites us into a love relationship, it is a personal relationship, firstly with God and then with others, we cannot keep it to ourselves but must share it.
Luckily, we are a forgiven people, we cannot in our own strength keep Christ’s commands but God knows this. That is why God sent Christ to become like us, he died and through the power of the Holy Spirit rose again. God’s Kingdom of love and justice is something for the future but we need to keep our eyes on it and reflect on how we can start to establish God’s kingdom of love now. If you love me, you will do my commands. The first clause is the priority, the second follows as we desire to please the one we worship.