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His Commandments Are Not Burdensome

September 17, 2014

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His Commandments  Are Not Burdensome

Some people have  a vehemently strong dislike  of being told  what is good or bad  —  right or wrong.     They rebel  at the discipline  of a teacher,  parent,  or correctional officer  —  and do not think  of instruction  as a joy,  but as a hated chore.     Because they don’t want anyone  telling them  how to do something correctly,  they also dislike  the idea  of God Almighty having commandments.     In other words,  they don’t love God  because they don’t want  to obey any commandments.

God’s children  are totally opposite.     They love God  for who He is  —  and love the beauty  and goodness  of His commandments.     So,  John tells us  in  1 John 5:3,

For this is the love  of God,  that we keep  His commandments;  and His commandments  are not burdensome.

When we see  and understand  how very good  every single one  of God’s commandments are,  it’s a joy  to do our best  to live according  to His word.     We know  that living according  to God’s word  will in no way  earn our way  into heaven.     We don’t even think  of trying  to earn our way  into heaven.     Obeying God’s commandments is simply  a loving response  to God’s love  for us  in Christ Jesus.     God’s goodness  leads us  to want  to imitate  His goodness.     That’s where we experience joy,  peace,  and love.

That’s probably why  the greatest commandment is,

You shall love the LORD your God  with all your heart,  and with all your soul,  and with all your mind.     (Matthew 22:37)

Then 1 John 4:19  tells us,

We love,  because He first loved us.

God’s love for us  was shown  in Jesus’  suffering,  death,  and resurrection  to pay  for all our sins.     That love  is patient,  kind,  and most faithful.     Seeing the wonders  of this love  teaches us  what the depths  of a real love  is like.     It brings joy  because it’s so much better  than anything  in this world.    It is good  to learn  about the depths  of God’s love  for us,  so that we can learn  to honestly love  and know the joys  of God’s love.

We open up our Bibles  to read,  learn,  and seriously think  about God’s love  for us.

In the joy  of God’s love and commandments,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  Your ways are beautiful far beyond compare.     Lead us  to live according to Your love  in Christ Jesus.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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