Jesus is our Master. As our Master, Jesus has some commands for us. They are not optional if we follow Jesus. They are commands. They are followed if we are obedient.
We can choose to obey but we can’t choose the commands. Jesus is in charge here. We aren’t.
Jesus leads the way. Jesus is obedient to His Father. Jesus isn’t asking anything from us that He isn’t willing to do Himself. Jesus is always obedient. Jesus always obeys His Father’s commands. Jesus shows us the way.
Jesus is offering us love. This is amazing and stunning good news. Jesus only asks that we obey Him.
“As the Father has loved me, I have also loved you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commands you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.” | Christian Standard Bible. (2020). (John 15:9–10). Nashville, TN: Holman Bible Publishers.
Is love optional? Yes, we get to decide whether to love or not. It is a gift. We can use it or not. It is a fruit that we can cultivate and grow, or not. So we get to decide. I often am not loving. I can be mean and cruel. I have no defense. “Master Jesus the Messiah, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” Jesus does have mercy. Jesus keeps on helping me grow.
Faith at Work: Love comes from the Holy Spirit. It is a gift. It is fruit that grows in us. Because we have received the Holy Spirit, we can actually love, whereas before, we could not. I tried, but it was useless. We can point our colleagues in the right direction. We can love, when others don’t. It will make a difference.
Love describes God’s love for humanity. There is good news in that the Word of God and Jesus offers an understanding of the source, character, requirement and value of love. It is based on the nature and actions of God our Father.