‘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.’
1 John 4:7 NLT
Beloved, let us love one another, for Love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
He who does not love does not know God, for God is Love.
In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to the propitiation (atonement) for our sins.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
No one has seen God at anytime. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us.
1 John 4:7-12 NKJV
‘Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome.’
1 John 5:3 NLT
Father Still Knows Best
Scrub your teeth. Do your homework. Wear a jacket when it’s cold. Put your toys away. Share. Childhood is filled with rules. When children obey the rules, life is simpler for their parents, teachers, and even their playmates. But until children grow into adulthood, most of them won’t fully comprehend how following the rules simplified their own lives. Scrubbing their teeth helped prevent cavities.
Doing their homework improved their chances of succeeding in school and beyond. Wearing a jacket kept them from getting sick in inclement weather. Putting their toys away prevented their possessions from getting lost or broken. Sharing helped build relationships. The reward for obedience was far more than just avoiding punishment. Following the rules actually made life easier.
Obedience holds the same benefits for adults that it does for kids. It keeps you out of trouble and makes daily life run more smoothly. As an adult, you’ve outgrown your need for your parents’ wisdom in setting up rules to run your life, but you’ll never outgrow your need fo the rules of God has provided.
If you haven’t taken a look at the Ten Commandments in a while, read them in a contemporary version of the Bible, such as NLT or Good New Translation. But don’t stop there. Obey what they say. Doing so will simplify your life. For instance, if you steal or murder, you may end up in prison and cloud your future with regret.
If you accuse anyone falsely, you may destroy a relationship as well as your reputation. Following God’s rules prevents these things from happening. Obeying the Ten Commandments also draws you closer to God and others.
Choosing to put yourself under someone else’s authority, even God’s isn’t easy or natural. But choosing to be obedient in both big and small things will draw you more deeply into the beautiful life adventure God has planned for you.
One Final Thought
Obedience is the key that opens the door to God’s very best in your life.
Happy the soul which, by a sincere self-renunciation, holds itself ceaselessly in the hands of its Creator, ready to do everything which He wishes; which never stops saying to itself a hundred times a day, “Lord, what would you have me to do?”Francois de La Mothe Fenelon
Living Simply – Enjoying the Peace of God
by Renewing Mind Press