Love does no good if it is only spoken, it must somehow be demonstrated. God the Father demonstrated His love for us in sending His Son to die for us while we were yet sinners. The Father’s love for the world means He wants to be reconciled to man; Jesus lined Himself up with that love by obeying the Father and becoming the Propitiation, the sacrifice that satisfies. Jesus sets the example for us to follow — as He obeyed the Father’s commandments, so we should obey His.
So when Jesus tells us to be merciful, meek, pure in heart, or be a peacemaker. Or when He gives us the Great Commission and we respond to that call in obedience, we are demonstrating our desire to abide in His love.
Sowing and telling,
Pastor Gerard Deleeuw