December 29, 2013

It’s a Choice – Ray Anderson

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

“As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you:

continue ye in my love.” (John 15:9 KJV)

Jesus said these words when he spoke to his disciples, and they ring true for us even today. But recognize that these words involve a choice. They could have chosen not to continue in His love. Judas in his betrayal of Jesus did not. (Matthew 26:47-49)  Peter did not when he chose to deny Jesus three times. (Matthew 26:69-75) We can continue in His love or we can choose not to do so. But, if we choose to continue in His love, we understand from the scriptures that nothing can separate us from the love God and Christ Jesus his son.

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life,

nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers,

nor things present, nor things to come,

Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature,

shall be able to separate us

from the love of God,

which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

(Romans 8:38-39 KJV)

The scriptures further strengthen our recognition that it is our choice to continue in His love.

“If ye keep my commandments,

ye shall abide in my love;

even as I have kept my Father’s commandments,

and abide in his love.”  (John 15:10)

The word “if” implies that we have a choice to make. We can keep his commandments or choose not to. But, Jesus is not asking us to do something that He would not and did not do.

“And being found in fashion as a man,

he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death,

even the death of the cross.”

Philippians 2:8 (KJV)

Jesus goes on to explain what benefit there is in remaining in His love:

“These things have I spoken unto you,

that my joy might remain in you,

and that your joy might be full.”

(John 15:11)

At one time Jesus reminded the Pharisees to love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul, and mind; and to love their neighbor as themselves. (Matthew 22:37-39) Later, speaking to his disciples He even heightens this command to love by saying to them in John 15:10-14:

“This is my commandment, That ye love one another,

as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this,

that a man lay down his life for his friends.

Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.”

Let us all strive to keep his commandments and abide in his love forever and ever.—Amen

 

 

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