5th March 2013

His Commands Are Not Grievous

“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.”
I John 5:3 (KJV)

“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” says John 14:15; pretty simple, pretty clear.  The Message Bible says, “to show it by doing what I’ve told you.” God is love and all about love, so it stands to reason that His commandments would be all about love, too.

They fall into two great commandments – how  to show love to God, and how to show love to our fellow man.  Jesus summed them up this way in Matthew 22:37-39, “Jesus said unto him, ‘Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment.  And the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.’”

Let’s look at the cause of a lot of our daily stresses in life – envy, lust, greed, anger, possessions. When we are not envious over others we will not get trapped in the rat race, nor trudge on the wheel of life, ever trying to earn more money just to keep up with the possessions or lifestyles of others, yet still being left with a feeling of dissatisfaction.  Neither will we lust after our neighbour’s, work colleague’s or best friend’s wife, leaving us full of guilt and unable to hold our heads up high.  We won’t steal other people’s property or build up such hatred that we can no longer control ourselves and commit murder, thus being on edge each time there is a knock on the door or a police siren sounds, in case they are finally coming for us.

Keeping God’s commands actually frees us from the pressures of society, the stress of living in the 21st century, and allows us to concentrate on higher, more important things.  Christ tells us in the beginning of John 14 not to let our hearts be troubled, and ends with an assurance of peace which comes from loving the Father and keeping His commandments, even as Christ does (verse 31).

Prayer
Father in heaven, we thank you that through loving you we can have the victory.  In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Jackee Brown

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