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This month, we continue to expound on the theme of Loving God which is derived from the overall theme of the year: INCREASING AND ABOUNDING IN LOVE.

The Bible clearly states that God is LOVE 1 John 4:8. In essence therefore, we can conclude that when we abound and increase in love, we are speaking of growing in the knowledge of God. The more we love, the deeper we grow in the knowledge of God.

In our today's theme, we explore how we demonstrate our love for God through obedience. Jesus expressly proclaimed that it is not everyone who calls me Lord, Lord will inherit the Kingdom, but those who seek to do the will of the Father Matt 7:21. Loving God is therefore not a passive matter but it is active. Obedience is an action that is motivated by love for God.

The ultimate primacy of obedience is clearly illustrated in 1 Sam 15 v 21. “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice”.  This implies that it is possible to be religiously involved in matters of worship that are not motivated by love but by religious observance of routine and rituals. This does not in any way diminish the importance of sacrifice, but rather underscores the importance of sacrifice that is motivated by a desire to obey God.    Obedience is a resolve and the product of God's grace in our lives as we grow in the knowledge of God. There are certain levels of obedience as one graduate into perfect obedience that is motivated by love.

1. The levels of 'FEAR': This is obedience motivated by the awareness of the consequence of disobedience Ephesians 5: 5 – 7. “…….for because of these things, the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience”.
God is a God of justice; that sin does not go unpunished. However, we do not obey God just because we want to avoid punishment; rather we obey out of submission and love for him. We need to progress beyond fear as the only motive of obedience.

2. The level of Selfishness: This is obedience occasioned by the awareness of what we can get out of obedience. This is clearly demonstrated by Peter n Matthew 19: 27: “See, we have left everything and followed you, what then we will have”. Sometimes this truth is demonstrated in human relationships, whether between children and parents, between workers and their bosses or even between spouses. Such relationships lack genuine love and are essentially mechanical. Our obedience to God should not be selfishly motivated but informed by genuine love irrespective of what we get or don't get from Him.

3. The Level of Love: This is the highest level of obedience to God. We obey him no matter the circumstances or the outcome of our situation. This is the level of obedience which Jesus invites us to do his will. “If you love me, keep my commandments” John 14:15. If anyone loves me, he will keep my command” – John 14:23.  God in his sovereignty will always demand and expect His people to obey out of love. As we engage this month in learning how to demonstrate the love of God, let us endeavor to love God unconditionally as He has loved us.

 

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