Reading: John 14: 15-17
Verses 15 and 16: If you love me… over my commands… ask the Father… give you another Counselor.
Today’s three little verses pack a whallop. Jesus is very direct and to the point. We begin with, “If you love me” and there is almost an assumption that the disciples do love Jesus. Perhaps we too like to make this same assumption about ourselves and others in our church or small group. Jesus then goes on with the ‘then’ of His if-then statement: “… then you will obey what I command”. There is an implication here. It is implied that we will follow all of His commands. It is not a smorgasbord that we can pick and choose from. This is what makes loving and obeying so hard. Jesus does not say over six out of ten or most. He says that if we love Him we will obey His commands. It is hard to do ‘all’. One would say it is even impossible for us to do this on our own.
God knows this. God had a few years experience with mankind before sending Jesus. The people had always listened for a while. No matter if it was Moses or David or Elijah or Zephaniah or Amos or John the Baptist – on our own we can only one for so long. Sad to say, but even when we love God and Jesus, we are still tempted and we sometimes even sin. So God’s plan came to include help. Jesus told the disciples that He would “ask the Father” and that God would “give you another Counselor”. We know this Counselor by many names, but the most common is Holy Spirit. Jesus refers to it as the “Spirit of truth” in our passage today.
The Holy Spirit brings truth in many ways. First, the Holy Spirit reminds us of the truth we find in the Bible. Second, the Holy Spirit leads and guides us in the truth, helping us to over the commands that Jesus gave. The Holy Spirit nudges and whispers to help us be obedient. Third, the Holy Spirit corrects and convicts us when we go astray. It reminds us of the true path and helps us to seek forgiveness and to repent so we can return to walking in the truth.
Today, may our love of Jesus lead us to obedience to His commands. May the Holy Spirit ever be present to us and may we ever be attentive to this presence in our lives. All to bring honor and glory to God.