Commands of Christ: 88

Remain in Me and in My love so you can keep My commands and vice versa.

 “If you love me, keep my commands.  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever—  the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.  I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”   John 14:15-18

 Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me.  I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing.  Anyone who does not remain in me will be thrown out like a branch and wither; people will gather them and throw them into a fire and they will be burned.  If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask for whatever you want and it will be done for you.  By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.  As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love.  If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.  John 15:4-10

In regard to God, love and obedience are inseparable.  Love is demonstrated by grateful obedience and obedience is enabled by our grateful love.  We remain in God through our obedience because it is the expression of His presence.  The same can be said of our love.  His presence with us and His living in us are demonstrated by our loving obedience.  He is literally living His life and will through us if we are His.  The more clearly we hear Him and the more fully we discern His action in our lives, the more fully we can live out this obedient love.  This is how we grow in Him and bear fruit by and for and to Him.