"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
Christians love Jesus Christ. In our churches and at evangelical meetings, we sing songs such as 'Oh, how I love Jesus', etc. Everybody sing with enthusiasm and we enjoy the ceremonial worship. There’s a problem with this worship, though. The problem is that we believe the words of our song and, as a result, we think this as evidence that we love Jesus Christ. We learn and earnestly repeat the cliché 'Jesus lives in my heart.' In repeating these words, we convince ourselves that Jesus Christ lives in our hearts. But repeating these words is spiritually meaningless. By repeating these words, we deceive ourselves into believing a lie. Loving God is nothing to do with singing a song, no matter how glorious or uplifting the words in the songs are. Jesus Christ says in John 14:15: "If ye love me, keep my commandments", and he says in Luke 6:46 "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?". Loving God means obeying his commandments. Our obedience is proof that we love him – nothing can substitute for obedience. The reward for our obedience is that his seed will come and abide in us. How do you verify whether or not the seed of God lives in us? The answer is simple. If he lives in us, we will not; in fact we cannot commit sin. This, then, is proof that he lives in us and that we are the Bride of Christ. Obedience to Jesus Christ alone is the evidence; nothing else. So, don't believe that repeating song lyrics and clichés has anything to do with loving God. If you love him, repent and begin to obey his commandments. We will be born of the spirit, of water, and of God until we become children, sons, or even bride. On that day we will be glorified to enter in the kingdom of God. Praise God.
God Bless You