14:15 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
14:16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.
14:17 This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.
14:18 “I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you.
14:19 In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live.
14:20 On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
14:21 They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”
As Christians it is important to understand that we are essentially unified with Christ. We are now part of His family and have become part of His mission to spread the Gospel to all people. This unity was brought on by His love for us. The work on the cross meant that if we choose to accept Him, not only are we receiving His love but He is also providing for us His Holy Spirit to lead, guide and protect us throughout our daily lives.
This passage is one of encouragement that Jesus is preaching to His disciples to let them know that even though He won’t always be physically present with them, they can truly rely on His Holy Spirit to comfort and protect them. The Holy Spirit that is living inside their hearts is what will allow for other to see that Christ is truly their Lord and Savior.
This is a promise that Jesus will never leave us. He made that promise to His disciples and He makes that same promise to us today. His presence is ever living to lead and guide us each day and His love for us steadfast and never changing.
When I was a teenager I very much loved and respected my father. He was a kind and humble man, who worked hard and hardly complained. He loved the Lord and I knew that I could also trust him. Because my father was such a kind person I was mortified at the idea of getting in trouble. I did not want to disappoint my father. This relationship paradigm is also common in young relationships. If you love someone, you do not want to disappoint them.
In a similar way, we too, are called to be obedient to God’s commands. Not just because God said so and it’s His way or the highway; but because He has been so patient and good to us that we do not want to disappoint the father. Our path towards obedience should be paved with love for God and all of His creation. If we do that then obedience will be a mere byproduct.
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