The One Who Loves Me

April 2, 2008 at 1:29 pm 1 comment


Great challenge here this week to list a scripture God has laid on your heart and how it speaks to you.  Go there and share your links.  It took me a while to capture “my verse”.  But, here’s mine.  It keeps coming up.  Like, I’ve run into it five times since Sunday.

John 14:21–

Whoever (1) has my commands and (2) obeys then, he is the one who (3) loves me.  The one who loves me will be (4)loved by my Father and (5) I too will love him and (6) show myself to him.

I’ve labeled some parts. 

We talked about this at length in my 2nd grade Sunday School class:  “What if your mom gave you the ‘command’ to clean your room and you didn’t clean your room, but when she asked you why it wasn’t cleaned, you looked at her lovingly and said, ‘But, Mom, I treasured your word in your heart!’  {giggles and laughter erupting} How would that go for you?” 

They really didn’t know what this memory verse meant for them in terms of practicality.  What are “God’s commands for them?  How can they know they are obeying?  One guessed “treasuring God’s word in your heart” and another “thinking on it”.  I’d say most of us are guilty of stopping there, at the “treasuring”. 

God wants us to treasure and obey.  One without the other doesn’t get the work done! 

I’ve thought on this all week.  Their reactions, and what would happen if God asked why my work wasn’t done.  I reply, “But, I treasured your word in my heart!”  About at lame an answer as a child telling their mom why their room was not clean.  They were too busy “treasuring the word” or studying it or singing about it or whatever.  We need it all, but we can’t stop there or it’s lame! 

Today, I ran across the verse again and I asked the Lord, “What do you mean, ‘he who has my commands?, I mean, we all have your word!”  

I was instantly reminded on times in my van when everyone is talking and I’m trying to give an important instruction. I will say, “Who heard what I just said?  Somebody tell me.  I don’t think any of you are listening.”  And sometimes, it suprises me when one says, “I heard you!  You said to go into the house and get what we need because we are going back out in five minutes.” and perhaps one who was talking will say, “yes, and you said to change our shoes to something comfortable for walking.” 

They loved me enough to listen and value my words above their own conversations and plans.  They loved me.  And they are preparing to obey.

That’s what God wants from us, I think. The one who has his commands is the one who strains to hear, sometimes in quiet times, sometimes above the hub-bub of conversations and arguments. 

That is why he is prone to obey.  He has drawn near to listen, however he can.


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  • 1. gchyayles  |  April 3, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    Thank you for the reminder that God expects us to pursue knowledge and understanding of who He is every single day and that-that knowledge and understanding is never-ending because we could never possibly know everything about Him no matter how much we studied His Word. I am so thankful that His commands are easy to hold in our hearts as long as we walk in obedience because His Word helps us to keep them and to get back on track when we fall to the side from time to time. PRAISE GOD!

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