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July 19, 2012

Are you sure you love Jesus?

When I was in college, we used to sing a song in which the boys would start, singing, “Oh, girls, do you love Jesus?”  The girls would respond by singing, “Oh, yes, we love Jesus!”  The boys would then sing, “Are you sure you love Jesus?”  And the girls would respond, “Yes, we’re sure we love Jesus.”  Then the boys would sing, “Tell us why you love Jesus,” and the girls would answer, “This is why we love Jesus, because He first loved me.”  Then we would all sing together, “Oh, how I love Jesus.”

There are lots of people who claim to love Jesus.  But it might be well to ask, “Are you sure you love Jesus?”  There is more to loving Jesus than just claiming to love Him.  Jesus said in John 14:15, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”  Sadly, there are many people who claim to love the Lord, but who don’t care enough about Him to study the Bible to learn what His commandments are.

Some think that certain commands in the Bible are not important because they don’t see any logical connection between the command and the promised result of obeying the command.  If we are really in submission to the Lord, it does not matter whether we think His commands are logical or not.  Consider a few biblical examples.

How logical was it to Noah to build an ark out in the middle of dry land?  He had no way to move it to water.  Everyone around him thought that he was extremely foolish!  

Second, what wisdom could the Israelites see in marching around the walls of Jericho once a day for six days and seven times on the seventh day?  Third, Abraham certainly could not see any logic in offering his son Isaac on the altar, especially since he was the promised son for whom Abraham had waited so many years.

Also, Naaman the leper could not see any reason why he should go and dip seven times in the Jordan River.  He became very angry when Elisha’s messenger told him to do that.  But when he finally dipped seven times in the Jordan River, the Bible says, “his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean,” (2 Kings 5:14).

God’s ways and thoughts are higher than man’s (Isaiah 55:8-9).  It is important to understand that!  Solomon warns us that there is a way that seems right to man, but it ends in death (Proverbs 14:12).  In order for us to be saved, we must have enough faith in God to obey whatever He commands, whether we understand the reasons or not.

John wrote in I John 5:3, “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments.  And His commandments are not burdensome.”  If we truly love God, we will gladly obey His commands and not try to make excuses for not doing so.

Notice that I John 2:4 says, “He who says, ‘I know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”  Solomon says that the whole duty of man is to fear God and keep His commandments (Ecclesiastes 12:13).  This is how we show our love for the Lord.  So, are you sure you love Jesus?  Do you obey Him?

To fail to obey God is to place our soul in jeopardy.  Many are led to believe that they can be saved by reciting the “Sinner’s Prayer” or by asking Jesus to come into their heart.  But neither of those can be found in the Bible.  Since they are the inventions of man, it is dangerous to trust them, because if we reject God’s commands, our prayers are not only ineffective, but they are an abomination to God.  Proverbs 28:9 says, “One who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be an abomination.”  Only the truth, God’s word, will save us (John 8:32; 17:17).  We must be doers of the word, and not hearers only (James 1:22).  Those who really love Jesus will obey Him!

 

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