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October 28 – Keeping Christ’s commands

If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in His love. – John 15:10

Scripture reading: 1 John 2:1-6

Jesus calls us to abide in His love. He is not vague about what this means. Jesus quickly and clearly pinpoints that love is a keeping of His commandment. As He loved His Father and did all that His Father required of Him, we are to follow Jesus, doing all that He commands.

The way to enjoy Jesus and His love is to walk in His footsteps. Our good works do not earn for us salvation, but by walking in Christ’s ways we enjoy the fullness of life He gives us. We are to give ourselves wholeheartedly to Him. As the Psalmist says, I delight to do your will, O my God, and your law is within my heart (Ps. 40:8). This verse sums up the heart of Christian discipleship and devotion. Jesus is the focus of our love, and His will is our delight. This is not some cold, rigid law-keeping, but an enthusiasm for Him and His perfect will and plan of salvation. When we embrace God’s perfect will the result is a growing experience of remaining in the love of our Saviour.

Jesus doesn’t just tell us to do as He says, but as He does: As I have kept my father’s commands. In following His example of love, our love grows, so that it is ever deeper. In this loving obedient devotion, our joy is made complete.

Suggestions for prayer

Pray that you may follow Christ in obedience to His word. Pray for a deeper love and joy in His ways, His great plan of salvation.

Rev. Calvin Tuininga is the Pastor Emeritus of the Covenant United Reformed Church in Pantego, North Carolina. This daily devotional is also available in a print edition you can buy at Nearer to God Devotional.

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