"This is love for
God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not
burdensome" (1 John 5:3). Love involves the desire
to please the object of that love - our God. "And
this is love: that we walk in obedience to his
commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his
command is that you walk in love." (2 John
Jesus preached a message of love, belief in Him as God,
change in lifestyle away from the world and its sinful
ways, and obedience to His commands so man could be
reconciled to God the Father, Christ the Son and the
Now obedience because of love is not doing something
because you are in agreement with it or even thinking
it is the best alternative. Obedience cannot be forced
upon you by threat of force or economic sanctions. It
is performing something desired, requested or commanded
even when it appears unreasonable, illogical or
unnecessary. Obedient love is a voluntary action taken
just because the one you love wants it done and because
you desire to please Him.
Several examples of this type of obedience have been
seen in previous lessons.
• Noah spent years building an ark to exact
• Following the flood and his return to dry land
Noah built an altar and offered a sacrifice to God, an
act of worship because of love.
• Abraham circumcised all males within his
household - something that by human standards and
reason was totally unreasonable but he did so since God
wanted it done.
• Abraham took his only son of promise to a
mountain and built an altar to offer him as a sacrifice
to God. By man's standards this is murder and no normal
man would do such thing but Abraham did because of his
complete trust in God.
The terrified Israelites reached the Red Sea with
Pharaoh and his army in pursuit close behind. By what
logic could anyone expect the sea to part allowing the
Israelites to cross? But Moses, putting his faith,
belief and trust in the God he loved, obeyed and the
sea opened for them to cross.
Finally, Jesus, having spent three years teaching and
establishing that He was the Son of God by his
miracles, set His face toward Jerusalem. He was
determined to go there even though He knew the Jews,
with the help of Roman officials, were going to kill
him. But He willingly went giving His life because that
was why He left Heaven. His prayer to God shows his
complete obedience with death on the cross at hand
" ... He went away a second time and prayed, 'My
Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken
away unless I drink it, may your will be done'."
Therefore when it comes to obedience to God's
requirements for reconciliation, we must obey
because we love him, regardless of how unreasonable we
think it is. Like Jesus, our desire must be "thy
will be done".
1. Love for someone is doing something they desired
We think is it is the
right thing to do.
It appears to be the
better of all other alternatives.
We think it will
please the one we love
2. Love can be obtained by family pressures, economic
or political sanctions, threats or even gifts.
3. Jesus’ desire to go to Jerusalem was to
observe the Passover even if it resulted in His
4. Our response to Jesus teaching on salvation should
be whatever You, Jesus, want.
5. Everyone will be reconciled to God even those who do
not obey His commands because Jesus died for all