If You Love, You Will Obey
God's Commands to Israel • To the first generation . . . • Deuteronomy 6:4-9 • To the second generation . . . • Deuteronomy 30:6-8
God's Commands to Israel • Connection between love and obedience • Deuteronomy 30:15-20 • Observe commands and love the Lord • Joshua 22:4-6
God's Commands to Israel • To reject love and obedience yielded rejection • Deuteronomy 30:17-18 • Joshua 23:11-13
God's Commands to Christians • The greatest of commands is still a command today. • Mark 12:29-30 • Those who love Jesus will obey Him. • John 14:15 • Keeping the commandments connects with knowing God. • 1 John 2:3-6
God's Commands to Christians • A person cannot love God and not keep His commandments. • 2 John 1:5-6 • Example: 1 John 4:20-21 • The lie? Claiming to love God while not obeying His commands. • A lover of God is a doer of all His commands. • Remember: John 14:15
Conclusion • The nation of Israel's obedience was tied directly to their love of God. • The greater their love for the Lord, the more faithful was their obedience. • The lesser their love for God, the greater their sin.
Conclusion • The same applies to Christians. • The greater our love for the Lord, the more faithful will be our obedience. • The lesser our love for the Lord, the greater sin will be present within our lives.