“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (John 14:15).

As Jesus prepares to offer his disciples the reassurance of a coming Helper (the Holy Spirit), he first reminds them that the litmus test for the working of the Spirit is obedience to his teachings. It’s not a confession of belief since this is often contradicted by lifestyle. Nor is it exuberant, emotional, demonstrative expression since a wide variety of external and internal stimuli can cause a person to act out “charismatically”. As unexciting as it may seem, it is plain, simple obedience alone that captures the life that is truly Spirit-filled. Do you really love him? Or are you just excited for the moment? The passage of time will testify to the true love of your life.

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