August 12, 2021-
God’s commandments are in the Bible. They are not suggestions or ideas; God’s commands are authoritative orders that Believers are to obey.
The most obvious commandment is the Ten Commandments. And there are other commandments. An example of different commands is Christ’s command to love. “I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples if you have love for one another.” (John 15:34-35)
In the New International Version, love is mentioned 551 times — 319 times in the Old Testament and 232 times in the New Testament. Love is important.
Love means obedience to God’s commands. In a way, this is the heart of the Bible. The unsaved believe God does not have the authority to command them to love. Christians, with a joyful heart, are willing to accept God’s sovereignty.
Love means having the faith and courage to respond to a neighbor in need. Don’t say, “I don’t know what to do!” Instead, say, “What can I do?” And then do it.
Love means we are to love one another. “I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another. (John 13: 34)
Love means that we will be known as Jesus’ disciples. “By this all people will know that you are My disciples if you have love for one another.” (John 13: 35)
Love for Christ results in the following of His commandments. “But whoever keeps His word, truly in him the love of God is perfected. This is how we know we are in Him.” (1 John 2:5)