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Do You Love Me?
By Pastor John

John 14:21-24
21 Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him." 22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, "But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?" 23 Jesus replied, "If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 He 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.

When God speaks, the world obeys Him.
God says "let their be light," and instantly, there is light.
He tells the planets to take a precise path, and they do.
Jesus speaks to the wind and the waves, and they obey.
God tells the lions not to eat Daniel, and they don't.
God tells the lions to eat those thrown in after Daniel, and they do.
God tells the great fish to swallow Jonah, and it does.
God tells the fish to spit Jonah out onto the shore, and it does.
God tells Adam & Eve not to eat from a certain tree, but they do anyway.

But we are made differently.
We are given the choice to obey or disobey.  God told Adam and Eve not to eat of the tree, but they disobeyed God.

God could have made us like robots.
A robot can obey commands. = "Stepford Wives"
A robot can say "I love you." But only a human being can truly love God and choose to obey because of that love.
God wants us to obey Him out of love.

Not fear
I John 4:18
18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
Not duty
If we have to do it we are back to being robots.

Not reward
My dog will do tricks for a treat.

But love.

God provides that love in us through the Holy Spirit.
Romans 5:5
…..the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace…."

The ancient Hebrew concept of "Dabar."
"God so loved the World that He gave His Only begotten Son..."

Dabar means both to love and to act. God acts because He loves, and he loves because He acts. God's word, God's claim of love, became flesh. God's claim of love took action. God's claim of love loved us even unto death. Divine love was expressed in word and in action in the person of Jesus Christ.

Jesus to Simon Peter - Do You Love Me?
John 21:15-17
15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?" "Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my lambs." 16 Again Jesus said, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me?" He answered, "Yes, Lord, you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Take care of my sheep." 17 The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my sheep.

Do you love me?
Teach your children about Me.
Be My witness.
Be My missionary.
Teach My flock in Sunday School.
Obey Me

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