Tag Archives: obedience

Loving God #767

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.

The Yoke of Christ #761

For My yoke is easy and My burden is light. (Matthew 11:30, NKJV)

If we seek rest from the heavy burden and bondage of sin, we will find rest in the Savior when we surrender ourselves to His yoke of obedient service. The rule of His authority over us restrains our feet from sin and directs us in paths of righteousness. We gladly learn His word and obey it from the heart (Matt. 11:28-29). Make no mistake, every disciple of Jesus wears a yoke. Christ’s rule over us is gently pleasant (“easy”), without the burdensome grief of sin’s weight (“light”). Christians express their love of God by obeying Jesus: “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome” (1 Jno. 5:3). The way of the transgressor is hard, filled with pitfalls and dangers. The way of the Savior is easy and light, gently leading us to our heavenly home.

He Who Works Righteousness #735

Lord, who may abide in Your tabernacle? Who may dwell in Your holy hill? He who walks uprightly, and works righteousness, and speaks the truth in his heart… (Psalm 15:1-2, NKJV)

The one who “works righteousness” finds a place of spiritual rejuvenation in God’s tent. Working righteousness has a bad theologian reputation due to a dramatic failure to properly demarcate works of merit (by which one earns His standing before God, Rom. 4:2, 4; Eph. 2:9) from works of faith (the obedience that completes faith, Jas. 2:17, 20, 22, 24). The apostle Peter told Cornelius and his house that God accepts all who fear Him and “work righteousness” (Acts 10:35). We are confident He still does. God’s inspired word contains the “instruction in righteousness” that equips us “for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17). John said, “He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous” (1 Jno. 3:7). Without living in obedience to Christ’s truth we will not be righteous nor dwell in God’s presence.

“You Are My Friends If…” #696

12  This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13  Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 14  You are My friends if you do whatever I command you.” (John 15:12–14, NKJV)

The death of Christ for sinners is the supreme act of love (Rom. 5:6-10; 1 Jno. 4:9-10). His death is the standard by which our love for one another is measured (v. 13). Since He commands His disciples to “love one another as I have loved you,” our obedience shows us to be His friends. But let us be clear: When we do not love one another we are not the friends of Jesus. The Lord broadened His application beyond brotherly love in verse 14 with the word “whatever.” Every command of Jesus is to be obeyed. We cannot call ourselves the friends of Jesus while at the same time failing to obey His commands. Disobedience to Jesus is being unfriendly to Jesus. Be a friend to Jesus. Do whatever He commands you.

He Who Keeps the Commandment #627

He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, but he who is careless of his ways will die. (Proverbs 19:16, NKJV)

Your interest in eternal life is shown by your interest in keeping the commands of the Lord. Jesus said the Father’s command is everlasting life, and so He carefully spoke the Father’s will for us to obey (Jno. 12:48-50). Obeying the commands of God protects our soul unto eternal life. Disobeying the commands of God leads to our eternal death (Rom. 6:23). Do not despise the commands of God. They are for your good. “Blessed are those who do his commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city” (Rev. 22:14). Do not be careless with your soul. Protect it by keeping the commands of God.

Your Obedience Has Become Known #558

For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil.” (Romans 16:19, NKJV)

Faithful, obedient living has a positive influence that reaches much farther than you think. To keep a good influence the Lord wants you to develop the ability to discern good and evil. God’s word teaches us the difference between good and evil. By obeying God’s word you show yourself to be wise. Furthermore, by doing so you will be innocent of evil and your obedience will encourage others to also obey the Lord.

Obeying the Father #467

17  “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. 18  No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.” (John 10:17-18)

The Father loves the Son because He voluntarily died for the sins of the world. When He did this He was obeying the command of Father. Then, by His resurrection, He claimed victory over death. When we obey the Father we are loved by Him (Jno. 14:21). Choose to be a disciple of Jesus and to obey the Father like Jesus did; voluntarily, completely and unselfishly.

Saved By Grace, through Faith #428

Now Jericho was securely shut up because of the children of Israel; none went out, and none came in. And the LORD said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor. 3  You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days. 4  And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets. 5  It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.” (Joshua 6:1-5)

A clearer picture of salvation “by grace…through faith” could not be given. Israel took Jericho by grace: “God has given you the city” (verse 2, 16). Yet, their faith in God had to be obedient for seven days (verses 3-5). Then, the walls would “fall down flat” (verse 5). Similarly, sinners are saved by God’s grace when, by faith, they obey Him (Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38-41; Titus 3:5). Obedience does not earn salvation any more than it earned Jericho. Yet without obedient faith, the gift is not received (the walls would not have fallen until Israel obeyed God). Saving faith is obedient as it relies on God’s grace for salvation.