Thursday, December 2, 2010

Love, Holy Spirit, and Peace - John 14 - Day Four

John 14 22 Then Judas (not Judas Iscariot) said, “But, Lord, why do you intend to show yourself to us and not to the world?”
23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Anyone 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.
25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, 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. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
28 “You heard me say, ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad that I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. 29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe. 30 I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me, 31 but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me.

“Come now; let us leave.
1.  Obeying the commandments of God will bring God to love you.  -  Doing what God says grants you the favor and love of God.
2.  Jesus promises to leave us someone in His place.  -  The Holy Spirit, the Comforter, is with us to keep us in contact with God.  The Holy Spirit teaches and reminds us of the things of God.
3.  Jesus gave us His peace. -  This peace will keep us in Him and safe from worries because if we keep the commands of the Lord, then He will remember us.

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