We have studied, on more than one occasion, the various blessings of obedience to the Lord and obedience to His Word. A long life is one such blessing as we see in the verse below.
Keep God’s laws and you will live longer; if you ignore them, you will die. (Pro 19:16 GNT)
But there’s another aspect of obedience that I’d like us to consider today. It’s the fact that love and obedience go hand-in-hand. Similar to:
- peanut butter and jelly or
- shoes and socks or
- a pencil and pen set.
Let’s look at some Bible verses about this topic:
Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them. (Joh 14:21 NLT)
When we receive and obey God’s instructions, we demonstrate our love for Him as well as our respect for Him. As we live obediently, God promises to return our love and to give us revelations of Himself and His ways. Wow! That is not only a blessing but an honor.
But He said, “On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God and follow it.” (Lk 11:28 NASB)
We are BLESSED when we hear God’s word and allow it to influence and direct our lives into living obediently to His ways and commandments.
In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome . . . (1 Joh 5:3 NIV)
Lastly, for those of us who love the Lord, His teachings and lessons are not taxing to obey. Rather, we enjoy availing ourselves of the grace of God that He gives us in order to live in obedience to His commandments. Hallelujah!