Obedience Out of Love
At the Nineteenth of Exodus, God promised the people Israel that they would become a peculiar treasure unto Him above all people if they would obey His voice indeed and keep His covenant. Yet, obedience alone is not what Jehovah is asking of man. At the First of Isaiah, it is willing obedience that would result in a people blessed of God. Similarly, Paul noted at the Sixth of Romans that it was obedience from the heart that resulted in one’s release from the servitude of sin. The heart is the seat of a person’s affections, and the Savior taught at the Twenty Second of Matthew that the first and great commandment was to love the Lord God with all the heart, soul, and mind. If one so loved the Lord, he is called upon at the Fourteenth of John to keep His commandments. To attempt obedience out of motives other than love is to remain out of step with the greatest commandment of all. What our Lord wants from us is not just obedience, but obedience out of love.
Written and voiced by David Hayes Prophater