If you love me

by You Have My Word

 Jesus said to his disciples: If you love me, you will do as I command. Then I will ask the Father to send you the Holy Spirit who will help you and always be with you. The Spirit will show you what is true. The people of this world cannot accept the Spirit, because they don’t see or know him. But you know the Spirit, who is with you and will keep on living in you.

I have told you these things while I am still with you. But the Holy Spirit will come and help you, because the Father will send the Spirit to take my place. The Spirit will teach you everything and will remind you of what I said while I was with you. (John 14:15-17, 25-26)

I’d encourage you to go read that whole chapter just because it’s that incredible.

I’m (maybe) stupidly surprised how God reveals Himself to us through His Word if we seek Him earnestly. If you open the truth expectantly, you are bound to have your heart changed. Obviously I know God is faithful; I think I take that for granted sometimes amidst my own unfaithfulness.

So I’m reading an over-read verse the other day and BAM! “If you love me, you will do as I command.” That’s all very well, but it sounds like a self thing. This verse makes it sound like in our own strength we need to love God and then in addition to that we have to obey His commands. Have you seen how many commands there are? There’s a lot!

We do ourselves a disservice though when we neglect the next part of the passage when Jesus says, “Then I will ask the Father to send you the Holy Spirit who will help you and always be with you.” It’s not in our own strength. Perhaps I just missed the boat on this one trying to get it all right by myself where actually I’ve been given the Holy Spirit. BAM!

Jump a bit further: “But the Holy Spirit will come and help you, because the Father will send the Spirit to take my place. The Spirit will teach you everything and will remind you of what I said while I was with you.” God has given us the Holy Spirit in place of Jesus, as if Jesus was still among us, the Holy Spirit is among us.

I can’t say for certain if I’m stretching the theology of this a bit much or not, I’d love to hear your thoughts. I am grateful for the Holy Spirit – in helping us walk according to God’s commands and for His presence with us in our day-to-day living.

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