1 John 5:1-5

"Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God; and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world -- our faith. And who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?" 1 John 5:1-5

Have you ever heard the saying "the best thing a father can do for his children is to love his wife and their mother"? Very true statement, isn't it? The same is true in the love we show to our brothers and sisters in Christ. The best way we can show our brothers and sisters in Christ that we love them is to love God and obey Him. As we do this, we just naturally will show those around us the love we have for each one of those. It will be a love that is not limited due to religious denomination or group, limited by social or financial status, limited to our own race, our own political perspective, or our own theological persuasion. If we truly love God, if He is truly living in us, none of these will limit us or mean more to us than our own common salvation and those that have joined us in accepting the same salvation found in Jesus Christ.

While loving God is one way we show our love to our brothers and sisters another is to obey God. We do this by keeping His commandments. The world is always watching us to see if we slip and don't obey God. They're looking to see if we fail Him by disobeying one of His commandments. What a testimony we can be by always striving to keep God's commandments.

I'm struck here, too, by the thought of not only obeying God's commandments but showing the world that God's commandments are not difficult.. that they are not burdensome. By showing others that when we love God and desire to obey Him that we see His commandments as good and as desirable. We hear so much in the secular world about how "hard" it is to keep God's commandments... there are too many rules, you don't get to have any "fun", etc. How wonderful if we could show that this is just not the case?! In Matthew 11:30 Jesus tells us, "My yoke is easy and my burden is light."

I use the Enduring Word online commentary as I study scripture and really thought it summed up well 4 reasons why God's commandments are not burdensome. Here they are:

* God's commandments are not burdensome when we see how wise and good they are.

* God's commandments are not burdensome because when we are born again, we are given new hearts - hearts that wish to please God.

* God's commandments are not burdensome when we compare them to the religious rules men make up.

* God's commandments are not burdensome when we really love God.

This passage of scripture ends by telling us that if we are born of God we will overcome the world. The phrase "overcome the world" is a little intimidating to me, I must admit. I mean, that is what I want, but the world is a pretty big, and sometimes, scarry place. That right there should show us the mighty love and power of our Lord. By living a life of abiding faith and trust in Jesus we live a life that overcomes the pressures and temptations of the world. Pretty powerful stuff, isn't it? With God in our lives we can overcome whatever this world may hand us... good or bad, right or wrong. What a wonderful Lord we serve that gets us through all that we may encounter simply because of His undying and unconditional love for us! All we have to do is completely trust that He will.

My prayer this is week is that through God's love in our lives and our actions in following God's commandments we will be able to reach out to the world around us. That each one of us will be a living testimony to God's love.

13 Thoughts Shared:

Joan said...

Beautiful Reminder, Melanie.
Thank you. Like the Olympic athlete. They practice and work really hard but when we see them perform, they make it look effortless. It would be so awesome if we could make it look effortless to be a Christian.

Joyfull said...

Beautiful post! Great truth that you shared, keeping God's commandments are not burdensome and when we reflect that they are for our good and that He has enabled us to be overcomers, we should rejoice! There truly is joy and blessings in obedience and it all starts with a love for Him.

Darlene said...

Great post! Our pastor is preaching on the commandments.
Showing love is not always easy when you area going through things. We must keep trying.
Thanks for your prayers on Friday. Andrea is doing great and actually, Joey and I are too. I know it is because of all the prayers being lifed up for us.
I plan to blog on the move day this week.
Sweet Blessings,

Laurie Ann said...

What a beautiful post, Melanie. God is truly a God who loves us and wants us to show how His yoke is easy and His burden is light. I loved that you wrote, "By showing others that when we love God and desire to obey Him that we see His commandments as good and as desirable." I pray that as I seek to walk in obedience to His commands, others see His love through me.

beverlybygrace said...

This was a beautiful post. You are such a gifted writer. I am currently working on a project for children on the Ten Commandments.

Erica said...

What a great reminder... I love that obeying his commands is not burdensome when we realized that they are for our good and will keep us from ugly consequences. Thanks for sharing!

Tiffanie said...

Great post. Thanks for sharing these truths.

I used to think the same things before I became a Christian. I now know that following His commandments are not only not burdensome, but they are what's best for me. And the only time it's difficult is when I get in my own way.

Anonymous said...

WOW, this seems to be a theme for me today. I've visited a couple of blogs touching on this same topic. It's an issue that I'm working through!!! THank you for sharing these words!

Michele W. said...

Great post. Great reminder that if we love as Christ loves, then our heart's desire would be to please Him; then in so doing keeping God's commandments would never be burdensome, but a privilege to keep. Thank you for your post.

Cheryl said...

Hey Melanie,

Pretty powerful indeed!

Thanks for sharing this great post!

Have a great week!


Diane ~Ever so Dear jewelry said...

Beautiful Post! You wrote "God's commandments are not burdensome when we really love God" & "God's commandments are not burdensome because when we are born again, we are given new hearts - hearts that wish to please God"
How true! we are changed! So loving Him & obeying Him become our new nature.
Thanks for sharing! :)

Amydeanne said...

lovely post Melanie! It's a good thing to remember they're not burdensome when our old nature tries to creep up on us, isn't it?

I love the pic of your son below! he's soo cute!

Colored Heart said...

I think the central thought of it all is that God's commandments are not burdensome when you love God. Obedience is really a heart issue, isn't it? Thanks for tackling on this one. Many mental clatter needs to be tackled with the cleansing Word of God. God bless you!:$