Love and ObedienceBy Rev. John Cortright on 11/12/2017
God’s commandments are to be obeyed. A commandment is not a suggestion. Throughout the Scriptures, God told His people to obey His commandments.
You shall therefore obey the LORD your God, and do His commandments and His statutes which I command you today.
A person is blessed when he obeys God’s commands.
Deuteronomy 28:1-2; Jeremiah 7:23
However, cursing will come upon a person who is disobedient. Deuteronomy 28:15
Samuel compared disobedience to the sin of divination or witchcraft, iniquity, and idolatry.
1 Samuel 15:22-23a
Being subordinate to another, to be told to obey, is not vogue. It is not always looked on fondly in our society. Human beings are prone to rebellion of authority, rules, regulations, and ordinances. God’s people, the nation of Israel, often times rejected God’s commandments. Jeremiah 7:24-26
In the book of Hebrews, God calls this pattern of disobedience an “evil heart of unbelief.”
Hebrews 3:12 (KJV)
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
However, in Scripture, when God gave commandment for His people, He never forced them to obey. Mankind has always had the free will to choose. Obedience to God’s commands is never to be burdensome, but rather the motivation for obedience should always be a response of love. The first great commandment is not to “obey,” but it is to “love.” Matthew 22:37-38
Jesus said, if we love him, we will keep his commandments. John 14:15, 21, 23-24
The way you show your love for another is not through vain words or self-centeredness, but rather loving actions of submission and obedience speak louder than anything you might say.
“Don’t tell me that you love me; show me.”
So, too, we express our love for God and for Jesus through loving obedience. 1 John 2:3-6
Do you find it difficult to obey God’s commands? Do you feel as though your Christian walk is draining, difficult, and burdensome? If so, your issue is not an obedience problem, but rather you have a love problem.
We love, because He first loved us.
Psalm 119 -- If you find it difficult to be obedient, try praying some of these prayers from the psalmist. Seek God, and ask Him to change your heart.
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