Jesus couldn’t make it clearer: There’s really no such thing as loving Him–or even believing in Him–without following His instruction, keeping His commands, obeying His teaching.
We don’t love Him by our believing in Him, but by our living like Him.
“If you love me, keep my commands.” (John 14:15)
“Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me.” (John 14:21)
“Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. …Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching.” (John 14:23-24)
“If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love…” (John 15:10)
“You are my friends if you do what I command.” (John 15:14)
To know Him is to love Him. To love Him is to obey Him.
Do I love Him? I want to. And often I do.
But measured by my obedience I sometimes don’t. I don’t always keep His commands or obey His teaching. I don’t always speak His love language.
But when I do I know I am being my best and truest self, satisfying my deepest longing and fulfilling my highest calling: I am His disciple, student, servant, and even friend.
There’s nothing else I’d rather be.