Showing Love

If you love me, keep my commandments. John 14:15 (NIV)

When my kids were little, I heard this saying “Rules without Love equals Rebellion.” It is so true. If you love someone and they require something of you. you are more than happy to oblige. Right? It’s the same with God. With God, the formula looks a little like Love + Trust = Action. The action is obedience. If you are only obedient but you do not love and trust God, that is forced obedience and it is not what God wants. He is very clear about this in the Bible.

I want you to show love,

    not offer sacrifices.

I want you to know me

    more than I want burnt offerings.

Hosea 6:6 (NLT)

Is your ‘religion’ stale? Are you wondering why it’s so hard to ‘do the right thing?’  Press the restart button. Restart with God. Ask him to show you who he is and how much he loves you. Look at him, spend time with him and forget all the other things you are trying to do. You will find him, he will show up and you will fall in love. Then, the other stuff falls into place because you are no longer following the rules, you are following a Person.

–Elaine Kapetanakis

Written by Diane Levy


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