Devotions for March 22, 2017

JOHN 14:15-21

15 “If you love me, obey[a] my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate,[b] who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you.[c] 18 No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you. 19 Soon the world will no longer see me, but you will see me. Since I live, you also will live. 20 When I am raised to life again, you will know that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21 Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”

OBEDIENCE AS LOVE

The greatest commandment, according to Jesus, is to love God with everything that you have. And what Jesus says here, is that one of the primary ways that we show our love for God is by walking in obedience to him.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: Do you sometimes need help obeying? How does Jesus promise to help you in your obedience? What does he promise to give you?

Q: Based on your obedience, how well would you say you are loving God in this season of your life? How can you love him better through unconditional obedience?

Q: We can be like Holy Spirit sometimes and help people to love God through obedience. Do you know anyone in your life who would benefit from your helping them to walk in unconditional obedience to God?

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