“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.
by: Gabrielle Osborn.
I once had a friend tell me that he did not want to become a Christian yet because he still wanted to be able to party, but that maybe he would after he had lived the life he wanted to for a while. It is sad but not uncommon for people to think that Christianity is all about following a set of rules bent on squashing their fun. In John 14:15-24, Jesus explained that by following His commandments, we will be accepted into God’s love and gifted with the Holy Spirit. This was not Jesus giving us a list of dos and don’ts simply because He did not want us to have “fun.” This was Jesus showing us how to live according to God’s will so that we can have life to the fullest.