To have or really possess God's commandments we must have a firm knowledge of them. This comes through hearing, reading, meditating,studying and memorizing them.

But simply knowing the commandments is not solid proof of love, one must also obey them. Keeping the commandments simply means to observe them in our daily lives. Obedience is the mark of true love and genuine discipleship.

Love is proven by obedience and obedience is the outgrowth of love. What Jesus is saying is that love for Him is not simply a thing of words. Love is more than lovely words; it is commitment and conduct. If love is real it is shown in deeds.

The lover keeps the commandments of the loved one. If we truly love Christ, then we will prove it by obeying what He says in His Word.