“Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them” (John 14:21 NIV).
What are the commands that Jesus is referencing?
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart soul and mind and love your neighbor as yourself.”
If we know them and keep them, we are assured of Love loving us. If we don’t, we won’t.
Those who love God, the Father and the Son, obey His Word. Those who love God, would never encourage others to ignore God’s Word or to live sinful lives. Those who love God promote what God has already said, not their beliefs or opinions about what He said. Those who love God, encourage others to get into relationship with God, not themselves or necessarily a church or religious organization. Those who love God understand the importance of doing things God’s way and not their own.
Those who love their neighbors (anyone else) would never steal or murder. Those who love their neighbor would not abuse or misuse children. Those who love their neighbor would always encourage supporting one another. Those who love their neighbor would not allow people to starve when it is within their power to do something about it. Those who love their neighbor would encourage them to know God and welcome them into the family. Those who love their neighbor, love self enough to never do anything to deliberately harm self or put self in harm’s way.
When we have demonstrated our love for God the Father and Son, and love of self and our neighbors, then we will be loved by God the Father and Son and be in position to receive His many benefits.
When people watch us (and they do)–do they see the love for God and neighbors in what we do? Or do they see us–the ones who proclaim to know God and keep His commands–do the same things they do–without regard for God’s Word?