Wednesday, June 29, 2016

1 John 5:3 "His commandments are not burdensome"

"For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome." (1 John 5:3)

The obedience that characterizes a true child of God is not external, ritualistic, legalistic compliance. Nor is it unwilling, partial, inconsistent, or grudging. Loving obedience is from the heart (Deut. 11:13; 30:2, 10; Rom. 6:17), willing (Ex. 25:2; 1 Peter 5:2; cf. Lev. 26:21), total (Deut. 27:26; Gal. 3:10; James 2:10), constant (Phil. 2:12), and joyful (Ps. 119:54; cf. 2 Cor. 9:7).

Those who truly obey God do not find His commandments … burdensome. In Matthew 11:28–30 Jesus invited weary sinners, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” In Psalm 119, the psalmist repeatedly expressed his delight in God’s law:

    I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, as much as in all riches. (v. 14)

    I shall delight in Your statutes; I shall not forget Your word. (v. 16)

    Your testimonies also are my delight; they are my counselors. (v. 24)

    O how I love Your law! It is my meditation all the day. (v. 97)

    How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! (v. 103)

Those who love God will obey His law, because they want to honor His holy nature. They do so not out of dread, but out of loving adoration. Because of His delight in overcomers, God will pour out rich blessings on them.