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“Reciprocation”

To reciprocate means  to “give in return,” to “respond,” to “give back,”  or, to “reply.”  In the context of Biblical love (agape love), reciprocation is a necessity else genuine love does not exist in the relationship.  For example:  A man may genuinely love a woman, but if the woman does not “reciprocate” that love, the relationship will suffer.

The same is true in our relationship with God.  God loves us.  If you doubt the genuineness of His love, just consider the Cross.  However, if we do not reciprocate that love, our relationship with Him will suffer.

The question becomes: “How do we reciprocate God’s love?”  In our own minds, we can think of a lot of ways, but the only way that has any value is the way given in the Bible and the Bible gives only one way to demonstrate our love for God.  “This is the love of God, that we keep His commandments” (1John 5:3John 5:3
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3 In these lay a multitude of them that were sick, blind, halt, withered, [waiting for the moving of the water.

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).  “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me (John 14:21John 14:21
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21 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 unto him.

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).  “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word” (John 14:23John 14:23
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23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my word: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

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Many verbalize their love for God while at the same time ignoring His word. “Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth” (1John 3:18John 3:18
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18 He that believeth on him is not judged: he that believeth not hath been judged already, because he hath not believed on the name of the only begotten Son of God.

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).  To coin a phrase we conclude: “Actions speak louder than words.”  “The one who says, ‘I have come to know Him,’ and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected.” (1John 2:4-5John 2:4-5
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4 And Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? mine hour is not yet come. 5 His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.

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–Toby Miller