In the church system, everything lays covered under one blanket called “love”. It is quite simple and attractive. It doesn’t matter if a person struggles from anger or addiction to pornography and masturbation or loneliness and debt – just love him. It doesn’t even take much to love; put a smile on your face and call it – love. Sunday after Sunday, this is what we do. Therefore, we have saved our very breath, energy, time and money on those that badly remain trapped in their bondages. Often, the disobedience to the Lord’s commands keeps us in our enslaved bondages. But don’t even get the idea in the slightest corner of your brain to warn, correct or expose any such disobedience that keep anyone enslaved to their sinful nature. Because then you have not acted in love. You have been too open and direct towards them. They could be hurt. And that, is not love.
How often we have done this to our brothers and sisters, and have left them rejected and lonely and they continue suffer silently! This behavior, my friend, is the opposite of love. How can we live love if we do not practice righteousness, justice, loyalty, purity, or obedience? These qualities demand more than a simple attraction. We need to nurture such natures in the ways we think, speak, do, and be.
Could it be that we are happily satisfied to make disciples, baptize them, make them a member in our churches, receive their tithes, marry and bury them but completely neglect teaching them to obey everything Jesus has commanded us? Is obedience not part of the Great Commission as well?
God loves humankind since the very beginning; he hasn’t changed his mind about that. He longs that humankind will obey him since the very beginning; he hasn’t changed his mind about that either.
Jer 7:22-24 For when I brought your forefathers out of Egypt and spoke to them, I did not just give them commands about burnt offerings and sacrifices, but I gave them this command: Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in all the ways I command you that it may go well with you. But they did not listen or pay attention; instead, they followed the stubborn inclinations of their evil hearts. They went backward and not forward.
Dt 11:26-28 See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse— the blessing if you obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you today; the curse if you disobey the commands of the LORD your God and turn from the way that I command you today…
This may sound Old Testament and some may say that we now live in the age where Jesus has justified us through his death on the cross. Obedience was about rules and laws. Now, it’s all love, only love and grace!
This is what Jesus says about loving him in the New Testament:
Jn 14:21, 23,24 Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me.
“If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He 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.
Jesus says he and his Father will come and make home with those who obey him! What else can be better than this!
Jesus obeyed his Father every time, because he loves his Father. He obeyed him before he came to earth. Phil 2:6 says, Jesus being God, become nothing, he was made to human likeness and took the servant title; he humbled himself and became obedient to death. What was lost through disobedience in the garden was restored through obedience again.
Ro 5:19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
Jesus also lived a life of obedience here on earth. These are some of his own words: “For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.” In front of religious leaders he said, “…for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.” “…the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing.” In his weakness and anguish, he prayed earnestly, “…yet not my will, but yours be done”He tells his disciples, “…the prince of this world has no hold on me; …I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.”
Jesus even tells us the secret why his father loves him!
Jn 10:17,18 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life… I lay it down of my own accord…This command I received from my Father.”
This lifestyle of obedience is not simple; it is not attractive. It is not as easy as putting a smile on your face on a Sunday morning. It costs absolute surrender of self.
Now we understand why we neglect it so much! Now we realize why we rather put on that fake Sunday morning “love” smile on our faces than help someone out of their miserable slavery in their bondage.