Obedience ~ Key verses — GLORIFYTHELORD

“Those who accept my commands and obey them are the ones who love me.  And because they love me, my Father will love them.  And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”  John 14:21

Dogs and owners.  Last Sunday after the Origin gathering we were hanging out at UBC and I saw a funny sight.  A young man shows up at the park with his dog.  Sends the ball across the park.  Tells the dog to go get it.  The dog runs over and promptly defecates on the ball!  The dog did not bring that ball back.  The owner was disgusted, but picked up the ball, cleaned up after his dog, and tried again.  That was Scene 1!  The next ten minutes provided us with more entertainment and laughs for the rest of the day as the dog had its own mind and will and the young man shouted and threw his hands up in the air in disgust.

The young man needed to go to obedience school!  With the dog.

Life with the Lord Jesus Christ is also obedience school but it might be better to say we have been gracefully invited into the School of Love!

Jesus connects obedience to love.  If we love Him we will obey Him.  Our intention matters here.  As he gives us a new vision of life through His commands, our intention to obey is a response generated by the grace of His love.  We are not obeying to get God to like us.  We are obeying as a response to Him and His love towards us.  The delight here is that He keeps loving us and revealing Himself to us.

“Those who accept my commands and obey them are the ones who love me.  And because they love me, my Father will love them.  And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”  John 14:21

(Key verses are great for memorizing. Write it on a card and review, review, review.)

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