“If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love,
just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain
in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” (John 15:10-11)
One of my favorite seminary professors would often say that the whole of the Bible is God’s love story. Given that we celebrate Valentine’s Day during the month of February, I think of that statement often.
God’s love for us is not demanding, but expectational! We are expected to love one another. Jesus says that He was commanded by God to remain in love, and that we are as well. But if you read the scriptures carefully you remember that we are given commands, but we have the ability to choose whether we follow them. And so, we can choose whether we will love one another or not!
However, if we are to live in God’s expectations, we will love God and one another. And if we want to have joy – true deep down joy – we will love God and one another.
It doesn’t matter if you have a romantic Valentine’s Day or give out valentines to lots of folks. The important thing to our God in Christ is that we remain in love and love God and one another.
It’s not easy. Jesus never promised that it would be easy. But it is the expectation of our God. And it’s not just for the month of February, it’s for the whole year.
So, remain in God’s love and love the people of God’s creation. And then your joy will be complete!