As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love.
John 15: 9-10
In John 15: 9-10, Jesus urges His disciples to abide in His love. And so that there would be no doubt as to how His disciples were to abide in His love, He explained it very clearly: If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love. Obedience is what keeps us abiding in His love. There is no other way to stay in His love other than to keep and follow His instructions. Partial and selective obedience or disobedience draw us out of the intimate relationship with the Lord and ultimately leads us to adulterate against that relationship.
God is very jealous of His relationships with mankind. From the old covenant, He left his requirement of faithfulness written in stone, as set forth in the second Commandment found in Exodus 20:4-6: You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
There are those who ignore this command by deceiving themselves by saying that they do not worship images but rather venerate them, that they do not bow to them but reverence them, that they do not honor them but that they respect them and other excuses without any validity. Anyone knows that those who carry out such practices are not doing right in the eyes of God and that these people are the only ones who, in their spiritual blindness, are unable to see that they do not act in obedience to God but to commandments of men.
Now, are there people venerating other images that are not seen? The answer is yes. The violation of the second commandment is not exclusive to those who congregate in temples full of statues. Many attend temples where the image is money or is the leader of the same congregation, who often offends if they simply call him pastor, rather than calling him an apostle or prophet. But the image we worship in place of God can also be our own, or our spouse, or our children, or our business or profession.
Whatever we put before God in our lives is an image to which we worship and become spiritual adulterers. In such a sense, we are ceasing to abide in His love to end up in the arms of a different love. Ezekiel 16:30-32: “How degenerate is your heart!” says the Lord God, “seeing you do all these things, the deeds of a brazen harlot. “You erected your shrine at the head of every road, and built your high place in every street. Yet you were not like a harlot, because you scorned payment. You are an adulterous wife, who takes strangers instead of her husband.
To remain in the love of Christ is to do things the way He has commanded us. It is not about trusting the world, but about Him, who has already overcome the world. It is not a matter of boasting about our abilities but of denying ourselves and following Him. God bless you.