And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked (1 John 2:3-6; see also 3:22, 24; 5:2, 3; 2 John 1:6).
Why is obedience the greatest manifestation of our love for the Father and the Son? Earlier we learned that the Father shows his love for us by answering our prayers. What gift of love do we give the Father in order to receive these answers?
And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight (1 John 3:22).