A portion of Wednesday morning’s reading.
John 15:9 I have loved you just as the Father has loved Me; remain in My love [and do not doubt My love for you]. 10 If you keep My commandments and obey My teaching, you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and remain in His love. 11 I have told you these things so that My joy and delight may be in you, and that your joy may be made full and complete and overflowing. source
Remain in My love.
And I asked how is it that I keep jumping out? It didn’t take long to get an answer. Do you see that first word in verse 10? IF. We must pay attention to Ifs. Ifs are conditional. Ifs mean if. If I do this or that; then that and this will happen; and if I don’t, it won’t.
So what is the IF I must do to remain IN The LORD’s love? Wait! NOTHING I do or do not do will cause Him to love me (or you) less or more. BUT if we fail to do the IF we will surely love Him less. So what is that IF?
Let’s go back to the Text. IF I (you) keep His commandments, IF I (you) obey His teachings we Will love Him more and more and more.
So, when I find my love for Him is waning, cooling off, not as intense, not as sweet, not as comforting — from this verse I can know I have slacked off on the IF. I’ve ignored, refused, and/or just flat-out failed to do what He taught me to do.
BUT THE GOOD NEWS is with repentance my love will grow again!
Re-read and updated today, December 26, 2022