“But whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected.” (1 John 2:5)
“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments and His commandments are not burdensome.” (1 John 5:3-4)
We have far too many babes in Christ who came to Him years ago filling modern Christendom’s pews, knowing they don’t keep His commands and yet thinking they understand His love. No they don’t. They have been led in to this delusion by false shepherds who reassure them every Sunday they do, and that the grace of God is theirs despite how they live and speak and act. But the proof of the delusion is in their lethargy, their priorities in life, and the lack of excitement they find in pursuing Jesus Christ. No one who truly understands, or has stood in the flow of, God’s operational love can possibly find anything in this world that is faintly worthy to lose its sandals. Nonetheless, the vast majority of those who claim to know Him place their jobs, their financial security, their families, their politics, and countless other pursuits above Him.
The reason so many don’t understand God’s operational love [the love of God flowing from Him, through His disciple, to another in need] is because they either tried to keep his commands and gave up due to the price it exacted, or they never tried to keep His commandments at all. The greatest command is to love God and our neighbor. That is the command that either ushers us in to the journey or stops us dead in our tracks. Yes, obedience ALWAYS begins as a discipline, and that not joyful many times. But as we persist in being obedient to God’s commands by faith the “peaceful fruit of righteousness” (Heb. 12:11) that only comes through persevering through the disciplines eventually results in us “keeping His commands, and they are no longer burdensome.” If there is less you find attractive about your God than you do about what the world has to offer, stop buying in to the lie you can know the love of God without keeping His commands, step out in faith, and set your feet on the only path worth pursuing in this life: the path of obedience that leads to God’s operational love.