Last updated on June 26th, 2020 at 05:19 am
During one of his last days on earth, Jesus told his disciples
If you love me keep my commandments (KJV)
What did Christ mean?
“If you love me keep my commandments” – What did Jesus Christ mean?
To always be on the side of Christ, we must obey his laws and walk the way he walked on earth.
Before his death of the cross, he instructed the apostles to follow his instructions. His new commandment is “Love.”
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. John 13:34-35
Christ has come to the world because of the love of the father. He understood that his father loves us so much.
That through love, he was sent to redeem us back into his ways.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
How can we Love God
The Love of Christ comes in two ways.
You must obey God’s instructions and love your neighbor as yourself.
If you do not love your neighbor, there is no way you can say you love God.
God is instructing us to always be at peace with those around us.
We should learn to forgive. We should not cause our friends harm. At all times, we should support our friends and brothers in difficulties.
For example, if we sincerely love someone, we will not want to kill them. We will not take their wives. We also will not steal from them.
If we say we love God, we will not serve other gods. We will not love the things of this world.
This means all laws in the Old Testament are now fulfilled in Loving one another. Paul knew this too and said,
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself Galatians 5:14
However, if we fail to accept and love our neighbors, then we are not true Christians. In the first epistle of John, he said, if we hate our brothers, there is no way we can claim to love God.
If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 1 John 4:20
If we fail to keep the commandment of love, we are only liars to ourselves. We can not claim to love God when we obviously do not follow his commandments.
He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 1 John 2:4
Keep my commandments Bible Verses Explained
1. 1 John 2:3-5 on perfecting ourselves by keeping the word
And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments.Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him
We cannot claim to be followers of Jesus Christ and live in sin. We must at all times understand God’s purpose and laws. To serve him, we must obey him. This simply means we must walk in the spirit and love our friends and brothers.
If we do this, we can proudly say we are on God’s side. We can expect God’s protection because we are his people. We can also expect salvation and eternal glory in the next life which we all hope for.
2. 1 John 5:2-3 Gods laws are not weighty
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.
The word “commandment” might seem oppressive. However, God’s laws are not. It is so easy to keep. If you can simply love your neighbor as yourself, you have kept the whole of God’s commandment. We must, therefore, obey God’s laws for our own blessings.
And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. 2 John 1:6
Therefore, it is so simple to keep God’s laws. For example, if you steal from a friend, you only need to stop. If you always take your brother’s properties, you need to stop. If you’ve never assisted the poor at your gates, you need to show love to them.
It’s quite easy to show your love for Christ through your works. Keeping his laws is easy and brings peace to mind.
3. John 14:21-24 on following the word of Christ
Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.
Jesus Christ was sent by the father to die for our sins. God the father and son work for one purpose. If we work for the same purpose of our heavenly father, then he will be with us.
We must keep the laws of Christ. Doing this means we will receive blessings from him.