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Jesus replied, 'If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.' John 14:23-26 NIV
 

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Oh, my! My first thought was "Ouch!" Love = obey. Thus, obey = love.

Those verses also reminded me of a hymn I haven't heard or thought about in a lot of years. The chorus says "Trust and obey, for there's no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey."

Then I realized that when we love and obey God's word, we have a closer fellowship with Jesus, and we experience joy. God rewards the obedience of his children, just like we do with our own children.

Thank you for that passage of scripture today. I needed it.
 
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