9As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. 12“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command you.15I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. (John 15:9-15, NRSV)
If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love…
As I read this verse again to do this devotion I was struck by this line. You see this passage is about Jesus telling us to love one another. We think that the Bible tells us to follow all of these rules and make sure we do not slip and do something we aren’t allowed to do, but Jesus sums up what the commandments do for us in that one line, If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love.
You see I have said for many years now that the 10 commandments are all about us living in relationships with God and each other, 3 for God and 7 for others, and if we do these things, we will be loving God and loving others.
More than keeping rules, love.
That is what God did for each of us, loved us when we were filthy, and that is what God wants us to do. Love.