“Yes, Jesus loves me,” the old Sunday School song goes. It’s not very often talked about, but the love of Jesus is conditional. This is what he said, “As the Father loved me, so I have loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.” (John 15:9-10).
Jesus loved us first, before we were even loveable. But his love only remains if we show our love to him by obeying his commands. If we chose to do our own thing instead of obeying Jesus, we remove ourselves from his love. If we refuse to love each other, we remove ourselves from his love.
Being loved by Jesus is an act of grace on his part, but remaining under the covering of his love is an act of choice on our part. What will we choose? To turn away from the love he wants to give us, or to obey and rejoice in his love? The choice is ours and every moment is another opportunity to choose, whether any of our past choices have been good or bad.
“Yes, Jesus loves me,” but have we chosen to remain in his love?