What is the real proof that we love God? Is it our lovely and sincere prayers to God; or our holy hymns that we lift up to Heaven in solemn worship? No! Jesus made it very clear how we are to prove our love for God in John 14:15, from the King James version, He said,
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.”
Now if that is not clear enough for us, He went even further explaining what this love for Him actually meant, in verse 21 of John chapter 14,
“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”
We discover here where Jesus describes the actual benefits to loving Him. First, we shall be loved of the Father, which says that God the Father takes it to heart when we love His Son. Jesus says that the Father will love him, meaning that special favor will come to the person that loves the Son.
How do we know this?
We know this is a special love from the Father, because the Father already loves each and every one of us dearly. In fact, the Bible says,
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”(John 3:16 KJV)
This means God the Father’s love is already great toward all of mankind, but Jesus describes a special love that we can expect once we do what it takes to love the Lord Jesus. This special love is Favor– more empowering grace and blessings.
How Do We Love The Lord?
When we make it up in our minds to keep the Lord’s commandments and actually keep them, then, and only then, do we really love Lord. This is what God sees as proof that we love Him when we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not grievous, but the beloved Apostle John said it this way in I John 5:7,
“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”(KJV)
The main commandments that Jesus gave could be simply summarized, mainly, in how we love God and love one another. We discover His commandments in Mark 12:30-31,
(30)”And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”
(31)”And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”(KJV)
Therefore, our focus should be on being people that seek the will of God for our lives to obey it and to decide to love one another as we love ourselves. If we are obedient to God and treat people the way we want to be treated we will do well and we will finish this Christian race with confidence that we actually really do, love the Lord! A-men