“If you love me, you will obey what I command. John 14:15 (NIV)
I do love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. How have you come to love me? That is a very good question. I did not come to love you because there is some great goodness or virtue in me. I have come to love you because you first loved me. You loved and gave yourself for me. You lived and died for me. You drew me to yourself. You sought me out. You relentlessly pursued me. I was living a life that was far from you. I was walking on a path that led me away from you. But you would not let me go. You rescued me from a life without you. You turned my life around. You helped me to leave my old life of sin. You have helped me to begin and continue to love, follow and serve you as my Savior and Lord. I now want to live my life with and for you. You have done all this in and for me. You have made me to be your child. You have adopted me into your family. You have placed your Holy Spirit in me. I am all yours both now and forever. Yes, you are all mine. I have done all things for you.
Is it difficult for you to obey me? Is it a heavy burden for you to do what I ask of you? Are my commands burdensome to you? Is it difficult for you to do what is good and right and pleasing to me? No, obeying you is not any of these things to me. It is my joy to go and do what you ask of me. It is my pleasure to look for ways to do what is good and right and pleasing to you. There is nothing I would rather do than obey you. There is no place I would rather be than following you. Loving and following and serving you has given my life hope and meaning and joy and purpose. So, I am listening for your voice. I am following your instruction. I am receiving your guidance. So, it is my prayer that you will lead and guide me. It is my prayer that you will use me in your service. I am at your disposal. I am at your service. Use me however you will. That I have been doing. That I will continue to do. Follow me. Yes Lord, I will follow you all the days of my life. That will be very good.
Lord, your love for me has shown me how to love you. You gave yourself to me. I will give myself to you. It is my joy to love, follow and serve you. I will obey your commands. It is no burden for me to joyfully go and do what is pleasing to you. I love you Lord. Amen
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