Saturday, May 12, 2007

Love Without Obedience is Dead

And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love. - 2 John 6

We don’t often equate love with obedience. For many Christians love is simply a feeling, a statement, or a comforting thought. Surely love doesn’t require obedience. James said that faith without deeds is dead. John is essentially saying that love without obedience is dead. In fact, Jesus very clearly said “if you love me, you will obey what I command”.

So what did Jesus command? Here is a sample of some of his commands:
Believe in me, repent, take up your cross, fear God, worship God, do not be angry, humble yourself, abide in me, do the will of the Father, love your enemies, love your neighbor, make disciples…

The great commission is all about teaching people to obey all Jesus commands. The great commission is a directive to teach others how to truly love. Do we really love God and others? To answer this question we can simply take inventory of our obedience to his commands.

Jesus was the example of love. He was obedient to the Father, even unto death on the cross. This is how he demonstrated his love for God and others. We too are called to be obedient and by doing so show our love for God and others.

1 comment:

MICHAEL said...

About 3 years ago I dropped into a black hole – four months of absolute terror. I wanted to end my life, but somehow [Holy Spirit], I reached out to a friend who took me to hospital. I had three visits [hospital] in four months – I actually thought I was in hell. I imagine I was going through some sort of metamorphosis [mental, physical & spiritual]. I had been seeing a therapist [1994] on a regular basis, up until this point in time. I actually thought I would be locked away – but the hospital staff was very supportive [I had no control over my process]. I was released from hospital 16th September 1994, but my fear, pain & shame had only subsided a little. I remember this particular morning waking up [home] & my process would start up again [fear, pain, & shame]. No one could help me, not even my therapist [I was terrified]. I asked Jesus Christ to have mercy on me & forgive me my sins. Slowly, all my fear has dissipated & I believe Jesus delivered me from my “psychological prison.” I am a practicing Catholic & the Holy Spirit is my friend & strength; every day since then has been a joy & blessing. I deserve to go to hell for the life I have led, but Jesus through His sacrifice on the cross, delivered me from my inequities. John 3: 8, John 15: 26, are verses I can relate to, organically. He’s a real person who is with me all the time. I have so much joy & peace in my life, today, after a childhood spent in orphanages [England & Australia]. God LOVES me so much. Fear, pain, & shame, are no longer my constant companions. I just wanted to share my experience with you [Luke 8: 16 – 17].

Peace Be With You