“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” (John 14:15)
Jesus says that those who love Him will prove it. Simply professing, “I love Jesus,” is not enough because the tongue has a tendency to be fooled. What doesn’t lie is the fruit of our lives. The fruit we produce (our speech and our actions) are a product of what we truly believe.
“This people honors Me with their lips, but their heart is far away from Me.” (Matthew 15:8)
Yet, keeping Jesus’ commandments simply out of duty without love for Him and His will is not enough. This is called trying to work your way into heaven or trying to be saved by works.
“The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love” (1John 4:8)
The true Christian image involves the right motivation (love) AND the right actions (obedience).
A fruit tree that bears no fruit is useless. “Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself” (James 2:17). There’s something wrong with a faith that doesn’t produce obedience. Faith is always proven.