"For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and his ears attend to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil." 1 Pet 3:12
It is not a stretch to say that we are drawn to the pleasant and the positive. Given a choice, we would much rather spend time with someone who is friendly and kind than one who is mean and nasty. We delight in being in the company of someone with a sunny disposition and an encouraging word to say as opposed to those who are grouchy, always complaining and constantly negative.
It stands to reason then beloved, that our Lord enjoys those who attend to his teaching through love and obedience. We know from the Gospels that he calls those who do his friends. We are known as his followers by the love we share with one another. He has said that where we are gathered in his name, there he shall also be. And he has promised to prepare a place for his friends that where he is, we may be also. As we seek the kingdom and the righteousness of God, we can look forward to all of our needs being met.
Though his watchful eye favors the righteous, his protective face is against those who would bring us harm. As a parent is inspired to protect a child from all threats, Jesus stands at the gate to ensure that we are spiritually safe. As long as we attend to him and do not leave the gate, we can look forward to all of his benefits.
Loving Like Jesus,