Oh that they had such a mind as this always, to fear me and to keep all my commandments, that it might go well with them and with their descendants forever!…  You shall be careful therefore to do as the LORD your God has commanded you. You shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. You shall walk in all the way that the LORD your God has commanded you, that you may live, and that it may go well with you, and that you may live long in the land that you shall possess. —Deuteronomy 5:29, 32-33

You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.  And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. —Deuteronomy 6:5-9

            Simply put, we are to love God and keep His Word.  Jesus said, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me” (John 14:23-24).  That is pretty clear, to love Jesus is to be obedient to His Word and be applying what He says to our lives.

            Loving God shows something else as well— “This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome” (I John 5:2-3).  So, to love God is to be obedient to Him.  By being obedient to God is to show that I also love His children, those who know Him.

            I can say that I love God’s children, those in the body of Christs, but if I am not being obedient to the Lord, then I am not telling the truth.  Disobedience to what He says is showing that I am not loving Him and that I also am not loving His children.  That is pretty serious!  I can say all I want, but my actions will prove what is really true in my life.  So… what do my actions prove— that I love God and His people… or not?

Dear Father may I be faithful to what You desire, showing I truly love You and those who are Your children, those in the body of Christ.  Yes, may this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son, Jesus.  So may it be!

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