What does God promise to those who keep Christ’s commands?
When we keep—that is, observe, remember, and apply—the commands of Jesus Christ, Scripture explains that many rewards will follow.
- God will love us and reveal Himself to us.
“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him” (John 14:21).
- God will dwell with us.
“If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23).
- We will abide in God’s love and our joy will be full.
“If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full” (John 15:10–11).
- We will know that we know and love God.
“And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. . . . Whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him” (I John 2:3, 5). “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15).
- We will show love to God’s children.
“By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments” (I John 5:2).
- We will be friends of Christ.
“Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you” (John 15:14).
- Our prayers will be answered.
“And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight” (I John 3:22).
- We will be disciples.
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:34–35).
This material is adapted from the Commands of Christ Pocket Guide.