In John 14, verses 23 and 24, Jesus tells his disciples, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them. Anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me. And remember, my words are not my own. What I am telling you is from the Father who sent me.”
These are very sobering verses. I was struck by the beauty of the words ‘we will come and make our home with each of them’ when I read this. I think this line could be interpreted in different ways, but the way that I read it tonight is what I have found has happened in my life, that God and Christ come into our lives when we accept them, and the Salvation that Christ offers us, and they begin to guide our path toward their own divinity, and away from the things that damage our souls.
Christ is very direct when he says, ‘anyone who doesn’t love me will not obey me’. It was very sobering to read tonight, and it made me think of the ways that I am not obeying Christ in my own life. There are habits that I have struggled very hard to give up, and sometimes I have backslid, and one in particular I have not been able to let go of. I know God and Christ are disappointed in me, and I keep praying for them to give me what it is I need to let this go.
I know that I my prayers will be answered, and eventually I will be free of what in me is not godly. I think part of the problem is that I was trying to do this on my own instead of praying about it and using the power of Christ to strengthen me and putting it in his hands. Paul wrote that he could do all things through Jesus, who strengthens him, and I know that I have to rely on God and Christ to help me change in the ways that they want me to change.
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