Monday, June 4, 2007

Bits & Pieces: Obedience (7)

"If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love," (John 15:10).

* The Lord Jesus bids us understand the essential connection between obedience and love. To truly abide, or experience the assurance of His love, our wills must be submitted to His commands. And we are to render obedience with the same motivation of love which characterized the Savior's submission to the Father.

* All too rarely in the church today is the relationship between obedience and love emphasized. Yet, the Lord Jesus plainly teaches that to abide in His love we must submit to the moral law. And our motive for obedience is to be the same as was the Lord Jesus' submission to His Father: love.

* Satan has produced much misunderstanding in the realm of the Christian's relationship to the moral law. The Lord Jesus clearly teaches here that the keeping of His commands is an essential requirement for experiencing the assurance of His love. Out of love for our Lord, we are to submit to the law of Christ, and experience His joy.

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