I JOHN 5:2-3

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“By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments.  For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.”

“You shall love the Lord God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” Deut. 6:5

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Loving with heart, soul, strength, and mind spills out upon our neighbor and even ourselves.  Can we love God and His children without keeping His commandments?  No, for true love means we love Him enough to serve Him.  In fact, it does irreputable harm to the children of God when one claims to love God and then breaks His commandments.  Loving Go so much as to obey is not legalism for when one’s heart, one’s soul, one’s strength and one’s mind are involved, how can we not obey and keep His commandments?

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Adam Clarke said, “Our love of Christ followers is proof that we love God.  Our love to God is the cause why we love His children, and our keeping the commandments of God is the proof that we love Him.”

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It is vain to pretend love to God while we live in opposition to His will.  To love Him with all our heart, and our neighbor as ourselves, are not grievous–are not burdensome; for no man is burdened with the duties which his own love imposes.  The old proverb explains the meaning of the apostle’s words, ‘Love feels no loads.’  Love to God brings strength from God; through His love and His strength, all His commandments are not only easy and light, but pleasant and delightful.”

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“On the love of God as being the foundation of all religious worship, there is a good saying…’Rabbi Jesa said, how necessary is it that a man should love the holy blessed God!  For he can bring no other worship to God than love; and whoever loves Him, and worships Him from a principle of love, him the holy blessed God calls His beloved.'”

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A simple illustration could be of a parent inviting their child to help them make cookies.  Of course the child eagerly agrees.  It brings happy memories to me of our children standing on a chair desiring to do as much as possible from breaking the eggs, measuring the sugar and flour, adding the vanilla as well as the baking soda and stirring the mix before adding chocolate chips.  They may leave a few egg shells in which must be extracted out, and they may make a mess, but as long as they follow instructions, the result is a delicious treat to share. 

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In the same way God works with His children.  It may not be done perfectly and may make a mess, but God knows of the eagerness to please in order to get to the desired end of eating the cookie. 

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Since one cannot possibly eat every cookie on the pan, it results in sharing with others in the family, and perhaps even with neighbors.  Love comes warm from the oven, and love is meant to be shared.  Love is working with the Father and delightfully following His instructions.
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