Do You Love Him?
If you love me, obey my commandments. John 14:15
As I anchored myself in God’s Word, I came to understand that this scripture is not about the ten commandments received by Moses. It is about the many commandments that Jesus Christ has given us in the New Testament.
The ten commandments I see as do’s and don’ts against others. I look upon the commandments of Jesus Christ as teachings on living life as a Christian.
As I anchored myself in God’s Word and discovered Christ’s commandments, I found guidance to help me through however long my season would be.
Below are just a few of my favorites from what I like to call “The Disciples Handbook”.
Repentance - Matthew 4:17: From then on Jesus began to preach, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.”
Following Christ – Luke 9:23: Then he said to the crowd, If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way; take up your cross daily, and follow me.
Loving Others - John 15:12: This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.
Seeking God - Matthew 6:33: Seek the Kingdom of God above all
else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
Prayer - Matthew 6:6: But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
Fasting - Matthew 6:16-17: And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get. But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face.
Forgiveness - Matthew 18:21-22: Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!”
Communion - Matthew 26:26-29: As they were eating, Jesus took some bread and blessed it. Then he broke it in pieces and gave it to the disciples, saying, “Take this and eat it, for this is my body.” And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many. Mark my words-I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom.”
If you are worshiping Christ, you should also be following His rules. I encourage you to anchor yourself and study the New Testament. Highlight, underline, and journal the commandments of Christ that speak to you. Look for scriptures that direct you to take action – ask, be, be not, beware, bless, do, do not, follow, give, keep, love, pray, rejoice, seek, submit, take heed.
Declaration: Declare today, I am a Disciple of Christ and strive to obey His commandments.
Action: Study God’s Word. Study the Gospels-Matthew, Mark, Luke, John.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for Your Word. Thank You for Your teachings to guide me in living my life for You. I love You and I will strive to obey Your commandments. In Jesus Name. Amen