Jesus repeats this theme over and over in different forms: "Whoever has My commands and obeys them he is the one who loves Me," verse 21. "If you love Me you will obey what I command," verse 15. "You are My friends if you do what I command." John 15:14. "This is love for God," says John; that is, it is the surest evidence, and the natural, inseparable effect of our love to God, "that we obey His commands. And His commands are not burdensome." 1 John 5:3; that is, they will not seem grievous to one who obeys them from the principle of sincere love.
Here, then, you who profess to love the Lord Jesus here is an infallible test for your love! Do you make it the great aim of your life to keep His commandments? Do you honestly endeavor to perform every duty which He has required and that because He has commanded it? And do you vigorously resist and struggle against every sin, however constitutional, however fashionable, however gainful--because He forbids it? And is the way of obedience pleasant to you? Would you choose this holy way to heaven, rather than any other if it were left to your choice?
Your not loving God if it continues, will certainly lead you to Hell. You are fit for no other place! Where should the enemies of God be, but in an infernal prison? There is the same propriety in throwing you into Hell as in shutting up madmen in bedlam or rebels in a dungeon! Why, you are devilized already! You have the very temperament of devils! Enmity to God is the grand constituent of a devil it is the worst ingredient in that infernal disposition; and this you have in your hearts, and, as it were, incorporated with your habitual temperament! And what do you think will become of you? Judge for yourselves must you not be doomed to that everlasting fire, which was prepared for the devil and his angels; whom you resemble?