A Triangle Of Love (John 14:11-31)

“Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me.  And he who loves me will be loved by my Father and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”  John 14:21

Recently I was working through a passage in the Gospel of Matthew where Jesus gave warning to those who were at the cross-roads of life.  In the passage Jesus gave the following warning, “Beware of false teachers.”  Certainly there are many who would lead us in different paths other than the path set for us by Jesus Christ.

Consider John’s goal in this gospel, “Men might believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that believing they would have life in Him.”  However there were those who tried to lead people away from this path.  Here in John 14 the disciples are on the path.

As Jesus describes this path we discover a triangle of love.  Notice the text:

1.  We are loved by Jesus, Vs: 14-19

In Jesus we have life.  “Because he lives we also will live.”  This is great love.  Jesus had to die, be buried, and rise again for this victory in our lives.

2.  We are loved by the Father, Vs: 20-23

Our Father in heaven has prepared a place for us.  He also is willing to make his home with us.  Oh what love God has for us.

3.  We are loved by the Spirit, Vs: 24-31

The Spirit is Jesus representative in our lives.  We are never alone (orphaned).  We have a direct connection to the will of Jesus.  We have one who gives us comport, peace, and direction in this life.

Brothers and sisters we are greatly loved.  The question that comes to mind is this, “Do we love Him?”  We do not have to debate the answer.  Here is the criteria, “Those who love Him keep His commandments.”

This Christmas season I challenge you to rejoice in the gift you have received in God’s triangle of love.  I also challenge you to seek to give this gift to all you hold dear and even those who have never been on your radar before.

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