This is a follow up to a post i wrote previously. Please read He loves us the same first because it lays a foundation to this post. If you are unable to read that first, you will still benefit from this. So stay.
The focus of that post was Romans 8:38-39 where Paul reminded us that nothing can separate us from the love of God. In that blog post i explained how i had a flawed idea of the love of God growing up and how this impacted negatively on my walk with Christ.
My focus on that post was really for us to understand that we will fail if we are trying to win God’s love; just like i did, because nothing we do can buy that love. My aim was to expose or remind us of that truth and also invite non believers to come just as they are as no one is able to clean his/herself from their mess without the help of the Holy Spirit.
A blogger who i admire a lot asked me a question that sparked a little bible study for me this evening. She wanted to hear my views on John 14:21-24. After studying, i decided that a follow up to my initial post was needed to help bring clarity.
I think the sentence that brought about the question is;
Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them.
I’ll be sharing my thoughts but i will really appreciate your response in the comment session. I would love to know your interpretation of this scripture please, please, please 🙂
This was my response to the question.
“I think the love referred to here is a different kind of love which He expresses to His own. I am answering this way because of “and manifest myself to him.” I think it helps bring clarity to the context.
As a parent, the love i have for my children is different from the love i have for other people’s children. The love i have for my kids spurns from a place of us knowing each other very well (intimacy). This intimacy leads to them having an access to a side of me that other kids who aren’t mine don’t have. The love referred to here is that which comes from a place of intimacy with God. It gives us access to help and favour that He promised us.
Sinners have full access to this same level of love once they come into the family. My post was about the “God love the world” kind of love and how He gives rain, sun, food to believers and non believers.”
In addition to the above, the word ‘manifest’ means; clear or obvious to the eye or mind. Another definition says to show (a quality or feeling) by one’s acts or appearance; demonstrate.
Going by the above, i think it’s safe to say that what Jesus meant here is that He will reveal the sides of Him that others who are not part of the family cannot see to us. He will clear our eyes and minds to be able to grasp a deeper revelation and understanding of Him.
So yes, He loves us the same enough to die for us but He loves the ones who are His uniquely because they know Him more as a result of spending time with Him.
I’m stopping here. Over to you. What are your thoughts? I’m really keen to hear them.