Love Requires Obedience

During recent Bible reading, I came upon this statement by Jesus.

Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? – Luke 6:46

In the prior verse, Jesus had just explained to his disciples that it is out of the abundant feelings of our hearts that our mouths speak. A person with an honest heart will not continually lie; a person who finds contentment in all situations will not often complain; and so on.

A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. – Luke 6:45

But if a person’s heart is full of bitterness or discontentment, those feelings will eventually overflow into his conversation. He can’t hide his true feelings, even if he tries.

I thought it was interesting that the Lord addressed his next statement to his disciples. Perhaps they didn’t always do as he asked them, or understand the importance of obedience in all.

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I thought about how I would feel if my children balked at my requests, or rebelled against my expectations of them.

How would I feel if they told me, “No! I don’t feel like doing that. It’s too hard. It’s not convenient. I just don’t want to.”

What if they followed up that by saying, “But I love you, Mom. Really!”

I certainly wouldn’t believe them. Love of that sort would be shallow and selfish at best.

But when my children do what I ask, especially with a cheerful attitude and a willingness to sacrifice their own time, I know that they truly love me.

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Considering that caused me to examine myself. Am I obeying Christ in all? Could he be an unashamed observer of my conversations and my media viewing? Would he be pleased by my most secret thoughts and attitudes?

Not always, that’s for sure. But it is my sincere desire to be ever more sensitive to what would please him or displease him, and to do my best to obey him.

I do love him, and I want to demonstrate that love with my obedience.

If ye love me, keep my commandments. – John 14:15

How is your relationship with God affected by your striving to obey him? I welcome your thoughts.

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15 thoughts on “Love Requires Obedience”

  1. As His children, I think we should desire to please Him because we want Him to be happy with us. I think about what it meant when I was young when my parents gave approval for something I did, and what I’ve seen it mean to my kids and grandkids. Actively desiring and acting to please our Lord, not for reward in itself but because it is the right thing to do, leads to the complete happiness we all want! And the reward isn’t bad, either 🙂

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  2. I often have the opportunity to speak and teach about what I call, ‘The Joy of Obedience.’ When we know we are listening, following, doing, etc. what we know God would have us do, His joy surrounds us (I even take my own advice, sometimes!)
    The point is we often exhaust ourselves looking for satisfaction or fulfillment when all the time God has it in abundance, if we will only live our lives in obedience to His direction.
    Pastor Chuck

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