Is God’s love conditional?

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John 15

“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.

11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.

 

To look at this teaching of Christ and to see conditional love is a misread.  Jesus is teaching on abiding in Him.  To abide in something is to live there, like you abiding in your house or your apartment.  It is where you live.  The teaching here is that loving, obeying and abiding go hand-in-hand.  When we love Christ we abide in Him and we know His love.  When we keep His commands that love is confirmed and abiding is felt.  The flip-side is also true: when we do not keep Christ’s commands, even though His love never fails, we do not feel that we are abiding and do not sense His comforting love.

The variable is not the love of Christ but our sense of abiding.  When a child disobeys his parent(s) his residence does not change but he might wish he could abide somewhere else for a while.  The parent(s) love does not change but the child feels insecure in it because of his disobedience.  He is still loved and he still has a place to abide but nothing feels right about it.  So it is with our obedience/disobedience toward the Lord Jesus.  When we live obedient to His commands we are secure in His love and secure in our position of abiding in Him.  When we disobey Him, Christ’s attitude toward us does not change but our attitude toward Him does.

Abiding and love and obedience all go hand-in-hand.  Jesus kept the Father’s commandments and completed the work that the Father sent Him to do.  Jesus was ever secure in the Father’s love.  He concludes this with a teaching on joy.  When we abide and obey and enjoy the love, we have fullness of joy in this life.  My grandson, Owen, can go from happy to pouty in a New York second.  If he is corrected or does not get his way his joy immediately and facially disappears.  We may not be quite as transparent as a two-year old but our loss of joy when we disobey God is apparent.

Abide in the love of Christ, live to obey His commands, and know the fullness of His joy in you at all times.

I asked prayer for the McClain family.  Roberta’s funeral will be this Thursday.  Do keep them in prayer.  They know the Lord and are resting in Him but this is quite a shock.  Roberta showed no signs of any illness until she dropped to the floor last Tuesday. 

Be in prayer for our revival meetings!  Brent called me and is planning on speaking to us from the book of Titus.  Their family is really excited to come be with us as we have become a favorite church to them.  They have become pretty special to us as well. 

I hope to see more of you tonight for prayer and Bible study. 

Have a great day in the Lord,
PS

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