1 John 5:3 Not Hard Commands

“In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,” 1 John 5:3

As John is bringing his letter to a close, he talked again about loving God. He first stated that if one loves God, he will do what God commands. Now he states that the commands are not burdensome, or a heavy, difficult load.

Most people do not like to hear of commands as to what they can do or cannot do. They want to be able to do what they want when they want and think that is the best way to live.

In reality, every person needs some rules to live by. If there are no rules to live by there is chaos. There would be no peace, because you cannot know what is going to happen next. You do not know how to act or react to a situation, if there are no rules or commands.

Many people like to think of God’s commands as heavy and burdensome and very complex. They believe the commands are difficult to follow.

Yet, God’s commands are actually very simple. Jesus stated it best when He said that all of the Law and the prophets were built on two commands: love God, and love others.

Most often, people are selfish in their words or actions. They are only looking out for themselves. This is where hurt and pain come in. This is where trying to follow God’s commands become a heavy burden.

If you really love God, you will not do anything to harm Him in any way. If you really love people, you will not do anything to harm them in any way.

A very simple way to look at things is that every time you are about to say or do something, ask yourself how would God want me to speak or act in this situation. Are these words or actions showing love?

Allow God’s love for you to fill your heart with love for Him and for others. Allow love to strengthen and guide you in following His commands to love others. At that point they will no longer be a challenge, but a joy. They will bring the needed boundaries and peace needed in life.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you and others; that you will be filled with His love; that you will love God with everything in you; that you will love people as God loves them; and that you will have joy in following God’s commands.

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