John 14:21-24 NRSVue

21They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me, and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.” 22Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us and not to the world?” 23Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24Whoever does not love me does not keep my words, and the word that you hear is not mine but is from the Father who sent me.

Some thoughts on this scripture

Love and commandments seen to be at odds with one another: one suggests freedom, the other hints at restrictions. When I hear Jesus speak of ‘commandments’ it may help if I think of him speaking of his way of being, of his house rules, of the map of his heart.