by Robert Brock
Friday, June 7
Love Leads Us to Obedience
“He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him,” John 14:21.
Like it or not, obedience to a law system comes first, before grace, mercy and forgiveness. Without a law standard of perfection, man cannot measure his actions and judge himself as having fallen short of the glory of God, be convicted by the Holy Spirit and seek forgiveness. God’s Law does not save; it lets fallen man know he needs a Savior who loves him enough to cover his sin. “And above all things have fervent charity [love] among yourselves: for charity [love] shall cover the multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8).
My stepfather loved farming and had a law system for doing everything. He loved raising sweet potatoes. He gave many bushels to our friends. However, no one knew the law system and absolute obedience required to bring such a bountiful crop. It seemed his rows were miles long. The sand was blistering hot to our bare feet. The rows had to be raked off just a certain way, no quitting until the potato slips were planted a certain distance apart and all were watered. I can remember thinking I cannot wait to grow up and get out of here. I did grow up. All the hard work did not kill me, and I learned to love and respect my dad. Then, I would do anything he needed me to do, not out of fear of judgment but because where there is love, one wants to please the object of their love.
THOUGHT: Obedience is a natural result of love. Jesus said if we love Him we will keep his commandments, and He will make Himself real in our lives.