If ye love me, keep my commandments. (John 14:15 KJV)
Paul wrote the love chapter in I Corinthians 13 and it gives us what is love. He said in verses 4-8, “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.”
If we want to have relationship with someone, we must understand that the love is infinite that we can receive more. But there is a requirement to receive love from someone. We cannot just be fallen in love. That is the world method of understanding love.
In John 14:15, Jesus said that if we love Him, then we must not reject any of His commandments. We must follow His laws in order to have relationship with Him. If not, we are indicated that we don’t love Him. There must to have boundary for us to love Jesus with all our hearts. For example, when God tested Abraham’s faith, he didn’t fall in love with Him first. Abraham must trust God if His words would come to pass before he would reach the friendship level of relationship.
God doesn’t us to memorize and follow all the laws in the Bible perfectly. But we must do as best we can. The marriage of relationship doesn’t come in a week. The husband and wife must learn to care for each other before they would come to agreement to be united as one body.
Paul told us that we are the temple of the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 6:19). We do not own our physical bodies, not even before we were saved by the grace of God through Jesus Christ. Before we became citizens of God’s Kingdom, Satan owned our bodies. In other words, we were the citizens of Satan’s kingdom. We became sinners and not as the children of righteousness. But thank God, we are saved through the blood of Jesus Christ and we can escape from the darkness and go to the light of Gospel.
Although many of us want to love God, we may have difficult time to follow His commandments. Why is that? The answer: We may don’t feel like to take action for Him. This is a wrong mindset of any kind of relationship. We must make move with God or people to build our relationships. We are the temple of the Holy Spirit and must build strong foundation for God to live in us.
The laws of God only do one thing—show us we are guilty of committing sins and tell us that we need to repent. For us to love God, we must abide His laws.