love and obey
If there are ever two misunderstood, widely misused and abused, it has to be these two words – love and obey.
With that, we have God asking us to do both.
Without love there cannot be obedience, no happiness for the soul. For a heart destitute of the love for God, is empty of anything good and miserable.
Without obedience there cannot be a love for God. We are a headstrong, selfish, and controlling people, prone to rebellion, and violently addicted to placing every and anything as God in our lives as opposed to God. We always run imminent risk of being seduced by other religions and can’t seem to shake the characteristics of our lifestyle we just left when we made our decision to serve God.
Love will work in obedience, and that only is acceptable obedience which flows from a principle of love.
God modelled it. God loved us so much He sent His son to die for us. Jesus loved the Father so much, He offered Himself. When I think of how much I am loved, I stretch my hands from side to side as far as they will go and remember this is how much Jesus loved me and He showed the whole world.
Is that kind of love so hard to follow?
- Why Two Trees? (livinginthereign.wordpress.com)
- Tough Issues of Christianity – Obedience (ptl2010.com)
- Why God Needs Obedience (5wise.wordpress.com)
- “find yourself a place where you won’t get into any trouble.” 2.0 (escapedfromoz.wordpress.com)