Keeping the commandments-the greatest one love for God and love for people drives us to abide in the love of God. His word teaches us the logistics of love.
What sweeter place can there be? What better hiding place when we discover we do not have the natural ability to love as He has.
When we find it difficult to keep the commandment to love we then must choose to obey by faith the Lord’s instructions to love and to meditate on what He has taught us about the logistics of love.
I shall love the Lord my God, I shall because I am obliged to do so – I obey and the fruit of my obedience is blessing! And His enabling power to love who I cannot.
When we have chosen to deliberately set our wills to love God by our obedience to His Word we will discover that we are abiding in His love and living out of that determination to keep the Father’s commandments.
How many times are our hearts apprehensive when we hear the words of Jesus speak to our hearts to love one another just as He has loved us? It isn’t everyone of us who is easy to love after all!
One might think He was asking too much of us until we consider Jesus who said and continues speaking out the truth that ” we are His friends if we keep on doing the things which He commands us to do” see John 15:14.
But I have called you My friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from My Father. I have revealed to you everything that I have learned from Him.”
I have called you My friends…
He looks out at the sea of humanity and declares His friendship with each person.
He looks out at the same sea of humanity, seeing us joined by the blood and He sees the friendship we have with one another.
Jesus said, “I have called you friends” therefore our relationships ought to reflect the honour we show one another, esteeming one another and most of all choosing to walk in a state of forgiveness, honouring God and honouring His declaration of who we are.
We are His friends as we continue in doing what He has commanded us to do – loving one another with a fervent and sincere heart.
Love is patient. God has filled our hearts with Himself – the character deep within our hearts is made of pure love – the exact nature of God. We allow the patience of His character to be seen in us when we exhibit a patient attitude towards others.
When Jesus said, “I have called” He was declaring a prophetic utterance and those words have gone forth into the earth and into our lives.
Do we have ears to hear, are we willing to listen? Can we tear down those walls of obstruction and obscurity and have clarity in hearing the call? Jesus speaks to the depth of our spirits in His call “I have called you friends.”
The Hebrew word for priest is “kohen” which comes from the root ken.
“Ken” is spelled “kaph-nun” – the kaph is a picture of an open hand and means open, the nun is a picture of a seed. Ken then means an opening of a seed. When the seed opens the roots sprout to form the base for the plant and provides the support. The stalk then rises up straight and stiff.
The word ken is also the word for “yes” – Yes I will be firm in this (decision to obey, to love…)
As kings and priests unto our God may each one of us recognize the need to stand firm and strong, our roots buried deep in God’s rich Word so that our stalk, our lives, our fruit, will resemble the exact representation of God.
A hard call, yes. But there is One who says we can do all things through and by the mighty infusing of His strength and power.
He is the same today calling to your heart. Can you hear Him?