John 14:15 NIV “If you love me, keep my commands.”
Many Christians today have the mindset that obeying God’s Word is difficult. It’s as if the feeling is that it’s a punishment to be in obedience to God’s Word. But this is not the obedience of God’s Word. Obedience to God’s Word is founded on love. It is love for God and His Word that inspires us to trust that ultimately there is benefit to us for obeying, and it then moves us into action.The motivation to obey God’s Word should never be out of fear of consequences. 1 John 4:18 says “perfect love casts out all fear”.
The psalmist gives us insight into how we can lovingly obey God’s Word; “Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.” (Ps.119:97). When you meditate on God’s Word (i.e. to mull over it, think deeply upon it, and mutter it), it pervades your thought life and begins to control your decisions and your actions. This then makes it easy for you to be in obedience to God’s Word.
If there is an area of your life you are struggling with, find what God’s Word says about the situation, meditate on it deeply. Trust that obedience to the Word of God is in your best interest, and not an attempt to deprive you of the joys of living life. As a matter of fact, it is God’s Word that preserves you from destruction (Ps.119:107). As you do this, remember the words of Jesus, “If you love me, keep my commands.”
Scriptures to Meditate: John 17:17, Ps.119:160, Jer.15:16, Rev.12:11, 1 John 5:3