LOVING GOD. If we want to convince Jesus Christ that we love him, there is only one way to do so.
It is neither to make protestations of our devotion, nor to work up feelings of affection toward him, nor to sing hymns of personal piety, nor even to give ourselves to the service of humanity.
It is to obey his commandments. Jesus demonstrated his love for the Father by his obedience ('I do as the Father has commanded me', Jn. 14:31); we must demonstrate our love for Christ by our obedience.
--From 'The Upper Room Discourse', in "Christ the
Liberator", by John Stott and others (Downers Grove: IVP, 1971), p. 39.