标 题： 爱生成顺服
经 节： 有了我的命令又遵守的，这人就是爱我的；爱我的必蒙我父爱他，我也要爱他，并且要向他显现。（约翰福音十四章21节）
who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves
Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to
him.” (John 14:21 )
Obedience to God’s commands comes from
your heart. When you begin struggling to obey God, that is a clear indication
that your heart has shifted away from Him. Some claim: “I love God, but I’m
having difficulty obeying Him in certain areas of my life.” That is a spiritual
impossibility. If I were to ask you, “Do you love God?” you might easily respond,
“Yes!” However, if I were to ask you, “Are you obeying God?” would you answer
yes as quickly? Yet I would be asking you the same question! Genuine love for
God leads to wholehearted obedience. If you told your spouse that you loved her
at certain times but that you struggled to love her at others, your
relationship would be in jeopardy. Yet we assume that God is satisfied with
occasional love or partial obedience. He is not.
Obedience without love is legalism.
Obedience for its own sake can be nothing more than perfectionism, which leads
to pride. Many conscientious Christians seek to cultivate discipline in their
lives to be more obedient to Christ. As helpful as spiritual disciplines can
be, they never can replace your love for God. Love is the discipline. God looks
beyond your godly habits, beyond your moral lifestyle, and beyond your church
involvement and focuses His penetrating gaze upon your heart.
Has your worship become empty and routine?
Have you lost your motivation to read God’s
Word? Are you experiencing spiritual lethargy? Is your prayer life reduced to a
ritual? These are symptoms of a heart that has shifted away from God. Return to
your first love. Love is the greatest
motivation for a relationship with God and for serving Him.