Jesus said “If you love me, keep my commandments.” (John14:15) Clearly and concisely, He stated the link between love and obedience. If we love Him we must learn to obey Him.
But obedience does not come easily or naturally. Children do not want to obey parents, students do not want to obey teachers, adults do not want to obey the law. Obedience is difficult. Always has been. Always will be.
Disobedience is a sin. When Jesus spoke these words to his disciples He knew what He was demanding would not easy for them. From childhood He, himself, had to learn to be obedient to his parents. He “was tempted in every way that we are But He did not sin.” (Hebrews 4:15 CEV) Because He loved his heavenly Father, He learned to obey. He asks of us only what He has already experienced himself.
He first learned obedience in his home. Sometimes this learning experience involved suffering. (Hebrews 5:8) But his life-long obedience was necessary in order for him to be the spotless sacrifice for our sins. And it was his early obedience that laid the groundwork which enabled him to say in Gethsemane “nevertheless not what I will, but what thou wilt.” (Mark 14:36)
His love was demonstrated by the obedience that sent him to the cross. Our salvation depends on that obedience. Our love must be demonstrated by an obedience that sends us into the world. (Matthew 28:19-20) He is the example we must follow.
MY LOVE FOR GOD IS NO GREATER THAN MY OBEDIENCE TO GOD