If Jesus were to ask you today: “Do you love me?” your answer would probably be plain obvious: “Of course I love you my Lord”. He would have then probably followed with this statement:
“If you love me, keep my commands.” John 14:15
Indeed, we all claim to love our Lord, however as we all know, declaring your love for something doesn’t necessarily mean you love that person/thing.
I remember with amusement one of the youthful relationships I involved myself in. As youngsters full of energy, we would call each other and declare our unending, superlative, unconditional love for each other. It wasn’t long however and we both realised it was child’s play. We were just playing with words. It never showed up in actions. We would declare our love for each other yet never make time for each other. We would claim to love each other yet fail to solve each other’s problems. It was based on pure lust and physical gratification. That’s when this saying got ingrained in my intellect: “Actions speak louder than words!”
You want to know what someone loves? Look at his actions! You want to know some one’s passions? It’s in his actions! You want to know someone’s mood? It’s in his actions! Actions! Actions! Actions! They are the product of the heart! They show where a man’s desires are, Hallelujah!
How do you know that you truly love Jesus?
The answer has already been made clear above: It’s in our actions that we prove our love for him. Our actions are a product of our thoughts, which flows from the abundance of our hearts! Can I list all the laws that we must obey? Certainly not! However Jesus gives the summary of the Law:
And He said to him, “ ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’“This is the great and foremost commandment.“The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’“On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” Mathew 22:37-40
The answer is clear, if we love God, it should be with every part of our being. Our soul, our heart, our mind, amen! Of course, love your neighbour as your self!
Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar.
For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.
1 John 4:20
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