What a tremendous claim Jesus makes in verse 42 (and verse 47). Love for Jesus is a very simple test to see if someone is truly godly. Love is SEEN – in patience, fairness, courage, and being long-suffering, as in 1 Corinthians 13!
“Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”
How important this is to remember as we speak the words of Jesus to those around us.
It is not to be a door-stopper on the act of telling people about Jesus, preaching God’s word to the world and those around us – But it is a reality that we need to remember.
If people are not of God they WILL NOT hear God’s words!
But how wonderful is the grace and mercy of God, that He calls the lost, breaks open hard hearts and puts stubborn wills to flight.
And so the person who was not of God one moment may have God’s word planted in their hearts, the seed sown, and through the Spirit’s growth change their state from “Not of God” to “Of God”.
* Father God,
Please save those around us!
Please open our ears to hear Your words.
Please plant Your Word deep down with them, and within us, that it would grow forth and bear much fruit!
Please write Your words upon our hearts that we might not sin against You.