For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. (1 John 5:3, NKJV)
The proof of loving God is in obeying the commands of God. Jesus affirmed this truth and applied it to Himself in John 14:31. He said, “But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do.” We dare not attempt to separate love and obeying the commands of God. Such love is not “legalism,” as some charge. Nor is obeying God’s commands “burdensome” to such love, but a joy. To say we love God while not obeying His commands is self-deception. It is only words, not the love of God.