Obedience: The Litmus Test of Love
“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” John 14:15
As we set out on the path of seeking God for revival, we find ourselves camping out in the place of grace. It has washed over us and overwhelmed us, and we are full of gratitude—as we should be. We have been saved by His grace, and we are in the process of being sanctified by His grace.
But we can be stopped in our tracks on the “Seeking Him” path if we use His grace as an excuse to indulge our flesh.
“…Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?” Romans 6:1
God desires us to move forward on the path, by His grace, in obedience to His Word. He has poured out His love into us which gives us an insatiable desire to please Him.
“I will run in the way of Your commandments when You enlarge my heart!” (Psalm 119:32
He has told us the things He loves and the things He hates, and we can do nothing less than live a life of obedience for His glory.
This is going to involve a daily—even a moment by moment—surrender to the Father’s will. Jesus set the pattern for us living a life of “Not my will, but Thy will be done.”
Get in the habit of saying, “Yes, Lord!” His way is best and is always for our good. Any other way leads to destruction. This is not only true in the big decisions of life, but in the 1001 seemingly little decisions we make daily.
Obedience is foundational. It is walking in wisdom.
“Everyone then who hears these words of Mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock….And everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.” Matthew 7:24,26
When walking in this wisdom, embracing Him and embracing His truth, our obedience is greatly rewarded.
“The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward." Psalm 19:8-11
We are blessed with the sweetness of His precepts, His commandments, and His rules.
How is that even possible? In our obedience we see the beauty of these truths that God has given us to follow. They work! They really do give peace and life!
A beautiful example of this is seen in Psalm 119.
This Psalm is about the preciousness of God’s Word. But it is even more than that.
These are a few of many similar verses in this chapter. My heart is stirred and convicted as I read them. I pray He will give me a heart of love for His commandments as He did the psalmist. To delight in them. Pursue them. Long for them. To obey Him in all things.
I pray this for you too.
I know that I have long camped out in the place of grace, being overwhelmed by my need for it and at the same time completely in awe of it and grateful for it! Obedience is foundational for showing my gratitude for this place of grace. It's how I seek Him, moment by moment. How will you seek Him this week?
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