First, Love

My devotional uses a different version of the scripture than KJV.  I like it,  but often want to compare it to KJV because that is the version I grew up reading.

John 14:21

21 “He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.”

“The one who has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. And the one who loves me will be loved by my Father. I also, will love him and will reveal myself to him.”

Today’s devotional focused on a love for God will lead us to be obedient to God.  It made me think of these two scriptures:

“Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.”

1 Samuel 15:22

22 “And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.”

Love is the greatest motivation for a relationship with God and for serving Him.  If you obey without love, it is legalism. If you obey just to be obeying it becomes perfectionism that leads to pride.  Also,  simply having spiritual discipline can not take the place of your love for God.

This morning I woke up earlier than usual. After thinking of the errands I needed to take my mom to do, I decided to go ahead and get up so I would have time for my devotional.  Is it out of habit, is it spiritual discipline, or is it love for God?  I feel like it is love and I want to spend time alone with God to hear and learn from Him.  But this is a new found love.  In the past, I have struggled to make or take the time to do this.  Which leads me to feel like some people would question it and say,  “Oh,  it’s just habit or it’s just. . .”

I know I should not let what others think bother me,  because they don’t know the relationship between me and God.  But when someone questions me,  “Are you sure?”  Then I question myself.  😞 It shouldn’t be that way.  I am trying to do better in this area.

That was a little off topic.  But I do want my love to God, for God to be my motivation to obey Him and serve Him.

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