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May 31, 2017

May 31, 2017

"We Obey God Out of Love,
Not Fear"

“You are my friends, if you do what I command you.”  John 15: 14 NLT

You don't want to say you love Jesus and then live like the devil wants you to live.  If you love Jesus you don't want to live a self-centered life.  You don't want to say you’re a follower of Jesus and then pick and choose which verses you obey.  Jesus says you’re His friend if you obey Him and His commandments.  

Why do we obey God?  People who aren’t Christians think it’s because of fear, guilt or obligations.  They may say things like, “I don’t want to be a Christian because those are the reasons you obey."  

Those are not the reasons we obey God.  We obey God because He loves us and wants the best for us.  The Bible is not a rule book.  It’s a guide to help you live the best life possible because you’re living it the way God wants you to live.  

It’s not that God puts restrictions on us to keep us from having fun in life.  He gives us guidance so that we can have all the fun we want without endangering ourselves.  God doesn’t want us to obey Him because we're afraid of Him.  God wants us to obey because of His love.  

It’s love that leads us to true joy.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don