Conntecting the Dots

What’s the Litmus Test of our Love for God?

You’ve probably heard the phrase Talk is cheap. We can make as many plans and promises as we wish, but our words mean little unless we back them up with appropriate action.

What does this look like in everyday life? Here are a few examples:

  • An adult child who lives in the same community as his parents promises to help with spring yardwork, but he fails to follow through.
  • A parent promises to take his family on a special outing, but other things take priority and that outing never happens.
  • We say we want to get physically fit, but we don’t make necessary changes in our eating or exercise habits.
  • We say we want to save money for a rainy day or retirement, but we spend any extra funds on stuff we want but don’t need.
  • A husband says he loves his wife, but he never has time for a meaningful conversation.

Talk is cheap in the spiritual realm too. When we profess to love the Lord, we need to ensure our actions back up our words. This means more than tithing and attending church regularly. It means obeying God in both the big and the little things.

Jesus said, “If you love me, obey my commandments” (John 14:15). That means we put off attitudes such as envy, jealousy, self-centeredness, and pride. We put on humility, compassion, generosity, and love. We forgive when we feel more like taking revenge. We express gratitude when we feel as though life’s unfair. We say yes to whatever task God assigns us even though the mere thought of it makes our knees knock.

The litmus test of our love for God is obedience. We don’t just say we love Him; we do what He says.

God blesses us when we align our actions with our words. “Those who obey God’s commandments live in fellowship with him, and he with them,” says 1 John 3:24. Imagine the ramifications of living in fellowship with God as opposed to being afraid of Him or trying to hide from Him. Living in fellowship with Him means we experience peace, joy, assurance of His presence, and access to His unhindered power.

So, what do you think? Does obedience to God in all things really matter?

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