"If you obey my commands you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's command and remain in his love." NIV
"If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love." KJV
Often we feel obligated to obey God's commands because, after all, isn't that what Christians are supposed to do? If we understand the concept of obedience to God and look at Jesus' life as He obeyed the Father, we clearly see obedience born out of love and honor to our Heavenly Father. If is not an obligation, it is an act of love to obey Him. We know we are resting in His love as Jesus did when we obey Him from a heart of love and gratitude toward our God.
Heavenly Father, please help us to know the true meaning of obedience and that we are honored and privileged to obey because our hearts want to show you our love and gratitude for the great and abundant blessings you have freely given us. Help us to not fall into acts of obligation, but acts of love from hearts of gratefulness and love for you, our Heavenly Father, in Jesus' name we pray, Amen.
Bobbi Craigmyle, Psy.D.