Obedience: Week 2 - Devotion 2
“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 1:6
When we talk about obedience, we don't always understand fully what God is commanding us. God isn't making a "suggestion." Instead, He is TELLING us what we must do. When your parent or guardian gives you a chore to do that you HAVE to get it done or you get disciplined, you understand what this means. Sure we follow through because we might get in trouble. But the real underlying motivation for obeying is the love and respect we have for the person.
This verse is pretty clear. John defines love as obeying Jesus' command to live a life of love, both love for God and love for others. What does this look like? In a practical sense, it means you stop and help someone else who is having a problem, even at times when you are in a hurry. It means you choose to sit next to someone who is alone at lunch, even if he or she isn't necessarily in your social circle. It means you might treat a teacher with respect, even if they're rude to us. This is one small way we can learn that out of our love we can be obedient.
Think about this:
Have you ever thought that though we’re commanded to love others, we should want to do this because we love God?
How does loving others start with loving God? How are you doing in the whole “loving others, loving God” area?
How can you follow through on this command? What needs to happen for you to put this to work in your life?
Pray and ask the Lord to help you love even the unlovable because you love the Lord.