I’ve been reading and studying about our union with Christ this month. Somewhere, in that process I came across the idea that obedience is God’s love language. If you don’t know what a “love language” is, the idea originated in a book for couples written by Gary Chapman. According to Mr. Chapman, we all have a preference for a particular method of having love expressed to us by our spouse. It could be words, or acts of service, or gifts …. you get the idea. A relationship works best when we know and use the “love language” that our spouse enjoys most.
Well, in God’s case, that language is obedience. The Bible makes it pretty clear. Jesus tells his disciples:
““Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.” John 14:23-24
Jesus Himself is our model for obedience. In the garden of Gethsemane, before His arrest, He prays to be spared, but also for God’s will to be done. In the end,
“... he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!” Philippians 2:8
If we are people “in Christ” we will also be obedient by submitting to God’s will. In Andrew Murray’s devotional, Like Christ, he says:
“… if it ever appears too hard to live only for God’s will, let us remember wherein Christ found His strength: it was because it was the Father’s will that the Son rejoiced to do it…. Our union to Jesus, our calling to live like Him, constantly point us to His Sonship as the secret of His life and strength.”
Remember that you are God’s beloved son, or daughter. It will make obeying His will a joy.
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