“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. He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me.” (John 14:23-24) Do you see our part?
A news station gave a good bit of time on their newscast to a Gay Pride parade in their city. One participant made this statement: “God loves us whatever we do.” The initial reaction to such an assertion is head-shaking disbelief. But, on second thought, it is true, is it not? No matter the train wreck we make of our lives, God does not stop loving us. His love is perfect and pure and offered to all. “For God so loved the world…” (Read John 3:16-17)
The real problem with “God loves us whatever we do” is not on God’s part but ours. Love is reciprocal. That is why God gave us free choice; for love cannot exist without the ability to choose to love or choose not to love. He loves us. Will we, are we, loving Him in return? It is in fact, the proverbial two-way street. The Bible tells us that our love for God is first demonstrated in our positive response to His atoning work upon the Cross. We follow that by the daily living out of John 14:21: “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” Do you see our part?
Take note in the Psalm writer’s description of God’s wonderful love that we do have a role to play: “He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.” (Psalm 103:10-12 NIV) Do you see our part?
Those “who keep My word,” those “who keep My commandments” those “who fear Him”, are those who love Him. In the book of Proverbs, the great Lover of our souls says, “I love those who love Me, and those who seek Me diligently will find Me.” (8:17) In the excellent treatise known as the book of Romans, it is clear that His remarkable love and our love only mesh in Jesus Christ. (Chapter 8) Again, the two-way street.
The poor deceived soul in that parade has it half right which leaves the other half wrong – which leaves that individual and all those who are like-minded only willing to receive God’s love on their terms while refusing to return it on His. They are on a one-way street that only leads away from the God of love.