Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; …
God has revealed His love for us by sending Jesus to the cross. There is no doubt about how much God loves us, for that love was revealed to us when Christ bore our sin, sickness, punishment, and shame on the cross. Greater love has no one then to lay down their life for another. But how is our love for Jesus revealed. Jesus tells us in the above verse.
If we truly love Him we will keep His Word. When you talk about obedience to the Word of God today, many say you are teaching legalism and bondage. But obedience to God’s Word brings liberty not bondage. Jesus said if you become one with His Word, you will know the Truth and the Truth will set you free. God’s love for us is the motivator that causes us to be obedient to His Word.
In the Old Testament they were to obey God’s Word because it was the law. In the New Testament we obey the Word of God because of love. Faith works through love. Faith is acting upon and in line with the Word of God. But our faith only works when we do so because we love Him. Our love for the Lord is revealed in our obedience to Him, for if we love Him, we will keep His Word.