“Jesus replied, ‘Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.'” (John 14:23a)
“‘My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone 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.” (John 14:23b-24)
Perhaps I’m alone on this, but I’m mildly frustrated after reading these words. Obviously, I’m not frustrated at Jesus. I’m frustrated with myself that I am not loving Jesus the way I should. I mean, he can’t get much more clear than “anyone who loves me will obey my teaching” or “anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching.“
Yet, each and every day I make straight forward choices to disobey Him.
Now, I’m sure many of you are thinking “don’t be so hard on yourself, everyone struggles“. But I’m not talking about struggling. I’m talking about when I am faced with a choice and I choose poorly, usually with some excuse that I know directly goes against Jesus’ teaching.
I’m talking about when the battle of Spirit and flesh is waging and I give into my flesh. There are many things bring me down that road; stress, heartache, fatigue, loneliness. But regardless, I make a straight forward choice against His teaching and I feel terrible that I have not loved Him the way I should.
So, what to do now? I do believe that through the recognition of my disobedience, through prayer and even through writing this post, my mind is being renewed once again. I am moving forward in my walk with Christ, slightly stronger than the day before.
Today, I’m sure obeying Christ will be at the fore-front of my mind. Maybe, by reading this post, it will be at the fore-front of your mind as well. This is a great thing. Sometimes, we’re compelled to be honest about where we are in life. This is where I’m at this morning. We press on together!
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