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Obedience: A Love Language To Jesus
October 29, 2014
| By: Sam McVay, Jr. |
Category: Mid-week Devotion
In John 14, Jesus says multiple times that if we love him we will obey him. So really, obeying Jesus is not a drudgery but a manifest way to say to him- "I love you". Obedience is to be an intimate language of love spoken to Jesus from our heart and actions.
The Holy Spirit empowers love-directed obedience. He is not empowering obedience that is being done out of desire for the applause of man, or the fear of being caught, or as an effort to get God to love us more. No, the Spirit delights in obedience that comes from the heart as a way to manifest a choice of love for Jesus over sin.
If you are having trouble living in obedience, it is wisdom for you to not focus on more effort to obey but rather on more of a heart that loves Jesus. People who love Jesus, delight to obey Jesus. Our obedience problems are often rooted in a love problem. So ask the Holy Spirit to transform your heart to be a lover of God who says I love you through practical obedience.