John 14:21 – They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.
This dynamic union of loving the Lord and keeping His commandments is “not simply a matter of shared ideas or feelings but of shared life. The love is reciprocal – those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them. This verse does not deny the love God has for all his creatures, but rather speaks of the fulfillment of that love in a qualitatively new way for those who are in the Son. Believers are those who have entered into the same reciprocity of love that unites the Father and the Son. Jesus says that he himself will love such a disciple and will show himself to him or her. Thus, Jesus will remain in personal contact with his disciples…he will remain in relationship with them although the relationship will exist in a new form. [Whitacre R.A. The IVP New Testament Commentary, p.361,]
We, in Christ, share in the love that is between the Father and the Son! This love is the Father’s committed, intimate, life-creating, covenant love, perfectly reciprocated by the Son in obedient love. And then there is even more – the Lord will reveal himself to us! The key to obedience, to all of life, to worshiping God is to know God like this. Let’s confess our need to know God like this. Let’s pray and ask God to deepen our roots in this love and also for His power to grasp and know how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.