"If you love Me, keep My commands."
Our Lord never insists upon obedience; He tells us very emphatically what we
ought to do,
“Whoever wants to be my disciple, must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”
Our Lord is not talking of eternal positions, but of being of value
to Himself in this order of things, that is why He sounds so stern.
Luke 14:27 “Whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.”
Never interpret these words apart from the One Who uttered them.
The Lord does not give me rules,
When once God's Redemption comes to the point of obedience in a human soul, it always creates.
If I obey Jesus Christ, the Redemption of God will rush through me to other lives,
because behind the deed of obedience is the Reality of Almighty God.