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Published / updated: 10 September 2004 | Author: 4

Walking in obedience

The main motivating factor to walking in obedience should be our love for Jesus Christ.

Jesus said,

"If anyone loves Me, he will keep my word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him, and make Our abode with him. He who does not love Me does not keep My words..." (John 14:23, 24).

Obedience and faithfulness that are motivated by love will glorify God and build up His church.

There is a deep and satisfying communion between the obedient Christian and the Father.

"The one who says, ?I have come to know Him,? and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected..." (1 John 2:4, 5)

Obedience that is not motivated by love cannot produce the spiritual fruit that God wants from His children. If we obey because of fear ("God may punish me!") or because of greed ("If I obey, God must bless me!"), then we cannot expect that close communion with the Father that Jesus promised to those who keep the Word .

"If you love Me, you will keep My commandments" (John 14:15).

Pray that God will give you a deeper love for Him - obedience will follow.