Concluding our examination into the “authoritative orders”—or imperatives/teachings—we look at scriptures that teach us how to love Jesus. You can review the scriptures on How to Love God in Part 1, How to Love Our Neighbors in Part 2 and How to Love Our Enemies in Part 3.
Remember, Jesus said that all the Law and the Prophets “hang on” the commands to “Love God” and to “Love our neighbor.” The purpose of this blog series is to show that everything Jesus commanded seems to specifically define the behaviors or attitudes that do or do not love him, God or our neighbor.
We encourage you to spend a season of time listening to, meditating upon and even memorizing many of his commands. Here are scriptures that teach us how to love Jesus himself:
1. “If you love me, keep my commands.” (John 14:15; see also 14:21, 23)
2. “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (John 15:4-5)
3. “Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands (love as I have loved you), you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands (loved as he loved me) and remain in his love.I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” (John 15:10-11)
4. “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God;believe also in me.” (John 14:1)
5. “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.” (John 14:27)
6. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
7. “Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work.Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves.” (John 14:10-11; see also 10:37-38)
8. “Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.” (John 12:26)
9. “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,and teaching them to obey (keep, observe) everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20). “Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple MUST deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23). “For those of you who do not give up [renounce, forsake] everything you have cannot be my disciples.” (Luke 14:33)
10. “And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.’” (Luke 22:19-20)
“Jesus, we love you, oh how we love you,
You are the one our hearts adore.”
(Paul McClure, Hannah McClure, Kalley Heiligenthal)