Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.”
— JOHN 14:23 —
Filip Pintaric: Theological Biblical Academy | Croatia
Modern Christian culture is often stubbornly anti-intellectual. It insists that we abandon doctrine and simply love Jesus. “We should stop focusing on doctrine and start just loving Jesus and others instead,” is a common complaint. But, contrary to this contemporary view, true love for Christ cannot be separated from love for His truth. Those who love Christ will keep His word. The word “to keep” means to guard or watch over protectively. Those who delight in the word of God are given a great promise—they will be loved by the Father. Jesus expects His believers to guard His word as our treasure, as something very valuable to us. Those who love God delight in His word; they take pleasure in His gospel. The words of Jesus Christ are like riches to them. Today, many profess to love God while being indifferent to Scripture and its truth. How can we say that we cherish Christ and at the same be apathetic toward His words? How can we profess to love Christ and not be determined to understand and live by the teaching He left us? Our love toward God is not measured by our warm feelings or ecstatic experiences, but by our attitude and affection for His truth. Do you delight in God’s word? Do you seek to understand and live in the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ? Make God’s word your treasure. And take heart, for those who delight in the word of God are given a great promise—they will be loved by the Father. The Father loves those whose hearts delight in the Son and His word.