“If you love Me, obey My commandments. And….”
When Jesus said, ‘If you love Me, obey My commandments’, He wasn’t behaving like a parent trying to get their child to do the right thing by using reverse psychology on us, He was stating a fact! If we love God, we will obey His commandments. It’s a natural process. It comes with the inner change that happens when we accept Jesus into our lives. The Holy Spirit enters our lives too, and with His power, our longings and desires for sins we used to commit decrease, replaced by a longing and desire to please God. We don’t love God and obey His commandments for reward or even to try to gain favour with Him. We do it because we have been loved and it is a natural reaction to love Him back, and want to honour Him. We are not bribed into loving God, we are not forced, and we are not manipulated to love Him either. We love and obey Him, because He loved us first and because He lives in us.