LOVE is the SOURCE of obedience. …I’m not going to do it that way…it’s my way or the highway. I’m taking this with me… because no-one will ever know it’s missing. If the contract doesn’t require me to do it….I’m not going to do. Let him wait his turn, just like me…I’ve waited two hours, he can do the same. I don’t have to take his abuse…they don’t pay me enough. If he thinks I’m going to help him out of this problem…he’s got another think coming. He asked for it…let him suffer through it. Every dog has his day…and he’s got his. I’m not giving in…no matter the consequence. Does any of this sound familiar?
It all sounds kind’a self-serving… doesn’t it? Why are people like this? It happens in school, because our children learn it at home and take it to school. It happens at work because we don’t respect authority. It happens between spouses because we lack appropriate commitment. It happens at Church because we’re not sensitive to other’s spiritual growth. It happens EVERYWHERE because we lack self-respect, and because we have not discovered LOVE in our heart…and likely, have little knowledge, or relationship… with God.
Love FUELS obedience. If we don’t have a “sense of obedience,” then everything tends to fall apart in our lives. Love is the glue that holds it all-together.” Where love is lacking …there is no obedience.
We are told in… John 14:31 – But I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here. Matthew 22:36-40 – “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
It makes no difference what the venue is… work, play, social, or spiritual…Love feeds Obedience. Without love, and therefore obedience… we are living in a vacuum.