Ok so just to recap the last blog post, loving God means to love his people, to NOT love this world, and die to yourself. But there is also another way to show we love God. By keeping His commands. We can’t say we love God (and really mean it) if we ignore everything He’s commanded us to do.
In John 14:15, Jesus says “If you love me, keep my commands.”
In 1 John 5:3, it says “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.”
Side note: notice how it doesn’t say “10 commandments”. God’s commands far exceed 10, they’re scattered throughout His word.
But anyways, being obedient to God is a way to show we truly love Him. Which is actually a lot easier said than done. Last year, when I just started getting to know God on a deeper level, I would disregard his commands because I didn’t want to give up the things He told me to. I knew He was telling me to stop going out and partying all the time and getting drunk with my friends every weekend… and yes that’s a command (see Ephesians 5:18 and 1Peter 5:8). But I still did it anyway. This was my reasoning: “well God will still love me even if I do this sooooo I’m just going to go ahead and do it then repent afterwards.” But that wasn’t right.
However, eventually something clicked. I knew I had to make a decision that showed my love for God was greater than my love of going out all of the time. So I stayed in prayer about it and I asked God to help me overcome that desire. And what do you know? I don’t even LIKE to go out anymore! I just went out this past weekend for like the first time this semester to celebrate my 21st birthday and it was cool but it’s definitely not something I’m dying to do again.
So if you’re struggling with living in obedience and keeping God’s commands, I encourage you to PRAY ABOUT IT. Ask Him for help. Are you going to have some slip ups along the way? OF COURSE! But if you faithfully try to overcome whatever it is you may be struggling with, God WILL change your desires.
I love the way Devon Franklin (Meagan Good’s husband) put it. They were doing an interview about how they kept God’s command of not having sex until they got married, and Devon said he had to think about “if for some reason my disobedience were to disqualify me for God’s purpose on my life, would the activity I was engaging in be worth it?” And that really made me think because that’s applicable for EVERY sin. It’s not worth choosing over God. So let’s be more conscious about the decisions we make in regard to keeping God’s commands. I mean after all, we love Him right?
Oh and here’s the link to their interview just in case you want to watch it.