Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
If you love me, keep my commands.
(John 14:15 (NIV))
Is it just me, or are the last three words extremely difficult to achieve?
If you truly profess a faith in Jesus, then you should truly love Jesus for who He is and for what He has done, but human nature always creeps into the picture!
Ever since the fall from grace, human nature has been incapable of perfectly following God’s instructions. We always miss the mark. We always sin. Even after the grace and mercy freely given to us at the cross, we are incapable of perfectly following God’s instructions. But, if you truly stop to think about this, that is exactly why we were given the gift of grace and mercy. Even after acknowledging our sinful nature, we still sin. Accepting Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior does not make you perfect on your own merit. It makes you perfect because you have exchanged your imperfections and sin for His perfection and righteousness in the eyes of God.
What does change is the desire to keep His commands!
What does change is the understanding that you will constantly fail.
What does change is your realization that He died to save you from the consequences of your sins.
What does change is your sinful, selfish attitude to a thankful, loving attitude.
What does change is your desire to strive to follow Him in all that you do.
Keeping His commands is not easy. If it were easy, Jesus would not have come into this world to die for our sins. What is easier is repenting when we fall short. What is easier is having a thankful heart for His grace and mercy. As I stated, keeping His commands is not easy, but striving to follow Jesus is the ultimate sign of your love for Him.
Are you keeping His commands?