Jesus said, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.” (John 14:23 NIV)
We claim to love Jesus but are we obeying His teachings? For example, Jesus taught that you and I must let our light shine before men, that they may see our good works and glorify God. Jesus also taught that when you and I are presenting a gift at the altar in the Temple and we suddenly remember that someone has something against us, we are to leave our gift there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer our sacrifice to God. Jesus taught that if you and I look at a woman with lust, we have already committed adultery with her in our heart. Jesus taught that if a man divorces his wife, unless she has been unfaithful, causes her to commit adultery. And anyone who marries a divorced woman also commits adultery. Jesus taught that you and I are not to swear at all: But let our ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and our ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.” (See Matthew 5:16, 5:23-24, 5:28, 5:32, 5:24-37)
These are just a few examples of things Jesus taught. Are you obeying His teachings? What if you claim to love Jesus but do not obey some of His teachings? Jesus said, “Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.” (John 14:24 NIV)
So the question remains, do you love Jesus?
Brethren, it’s pretty hard to obey God’s teachings when you don’t know them. Study your Bibles. Read your Bibles. Spend time with Jesus and learn His teachings. Be doers of the Word, not hearers only!