BCL Grow: "If You Love Me" — John 14:15
John 14:15 (Sanctification)
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” — John 14:15
“Obedience to God’s Word means taking refuge in Christ for forgiveness of our sins, knowing Him through the Scriptures, serving Him with a loving heart, doing good works in gratitude for His goodness, and exercising self-denial to the point of loving our enemies. — Joel R. Beeke, Living for God’s Glory: An Introduction to Calvinism, p. 175.
Steps to Take
1. Consider: What role do God’s commandments have in our lives today? The greatest commandments are to love God and others (Matt 22:36-40), but how do we keep them?
2. Remember: Jesus Christ is our Savior and our Lord. In the parable of two builders, he asks, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?” (Luke 6:46). He then describes two builders—the one whose house stands in the judgment is the one who hears Christ’s words and does them (Luke 6:47-48). Scripture could not be clearer—loving God and others means doing what Christ tells us to do—keep his commandments—not in order to save ourselves but rather in loving gratitude for the redemption we have by faith in Christ Jesus.
3. Rejoice: Rejoice that God has not left us to try and figure out how to show gratitude for the great salvation we enjoy through faith in his Son, Jesus Christ. He has graciously revealed to us in the Bible how to love him—by keeping his commandments.
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