OBEDIENCE & LOVE
We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey his commandments. Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome. —I John 5:2-3
The greatest command is that “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind” and the second is like the first in that you must “Love your neighbor as yourself.” We are told that “The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments” (Matthew 11:37-40).
In First John 4:7-12 we read— “Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zaaiFp4RSM
The simple fact of the matter is that if we truly know the Lord Jesus Christ then we will have a love for people as well. Depending on our backgrounds and the baggage we carry into our walk with Jesus the process of growing in love for God and others varies, but it should be taking place and become evident in a person’s life over time.
Obedience to God’s Word, according the verses above, shows we love Him and also that we love His children. Do I love God? It will be seen in my obedience to Him. Do I love His children? It will be seen in my obedience to Him.
Dear Father, may I trust and obey You. Surely there is really no other way to truly live and love. May I seek to be sincerely faithful to my Lord Jesus Christ and by power of Your Holy Spirit.