If you love me ...

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you. -John 14:15-17 NRSV

Do you find it interesting that Jesus says keep 'my' commandments? Not the Hebrews scriptures. Not Mosaic Law. His commands would be kept if one loved him. In these few words he seems to acknowledge his divinity. And when I think of his commandments, I think of how he commands a love that denies our way, picks up our cross and follows Jesus.

Knowing the Holy Spirit changes a person's life. In this passage Jesus tells his followers that they already knew the Holy Spirit but would soon know him differently. On the Day of Pentecost the disciples would know the Holy Spirit in a powerful way. This knowing would change the disciples from weak followers to passionate and empowered leaders.

Come Holy Spirit. Fall on me afresh that I might know you more. Love Jesus deeper. And glorify the Father in all that I do.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on the Gospel of John.

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