Perhaps you have said, or had it said to you, “If you really loved me you would…” We need to hear the words of commitment: “I love you.” And we need to see the evidence that those words are true. One definition of love is to be committed to someone else’s total welfare, and therefore, being willing to do all that is necessary so that person grows and matures and prospers in every way. That is how Jesus loves us. The evidence of his love is his death on the cross, the power that raised him from the dead, and his words of life. He continues to bless us with the presence of his Holy Spirit so that his blessing of freedom can still work in our lives.
Jesus gives us his words of life, his commandments, in order to show us a more excellent way, a way much better than we have chosen in our sin. If we say we love Jesus, then we obey his voice. He is jealous for our welfare, and our love for him allows his Spirit to work in us as we yield to his power living in us. Romans 6:13
Prayer: Lord Jesus, fill us with the power of your love. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by David Hefner, Pastor of Shiloh Lutheran Church in Hickory, NC.