1 John 5:2-3 “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.”
Reading this text this morning is very encouraging word for us all. A few things for us to dive into and to apply to our lives today.
1. Loving God means loving His children. Scripture makes this plainly clear. To claim to love God and to not love God’s people is an oxymoron. You cannot do it. That would be like telling someone, I like you but I can’t stand your kids… God says that part of loving Him is by taking that love and applying it to His children. This is not always an easy task, we have conflict, we are sinful, but our love for the Lord should move us to ask for forgiveness and repentance to restore relationships. We should always seek to have restored relationships.
2. Loving God means obedience. To live in blatant disregard to the scripture is to reveal your heart towards the Lord. To love the Lord means that you obey His Word. This is a fact. Our response from the grace that we’ve received from the Lord should be that of thanksgiving and love for the Father. That love should spur us to obedience to His commands. I’m always baffled how anyone could live in open rebellion to God’s Word and yet claim to love God. The truth of the matter is that if you really love God, His Word is supreme, and this means we must repent and trust and obey Him.
3. Loving God is not burdensome. Now some might look at my previous point and know that we have hard things we have to do. Repentance often means doing things that are uncomfortable. For some living in deep sin it means making drastic changes. But God’s Word says that radical obedience to the Lord is not burdensome, rather it’s quite the opposite. It’s freedom. When you finally repent and obey the Lord to do the hard thing He is calling you to, there is freedom. Right standing with God matters more than anything else.
I pray that we would be a people that take this word seriously. Let us show our love for God but how fierce we love one another. Let us show our love for the Lord by our radical obedience to Him. I’m praying for you and thankful for you.