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His Commandments are not Burdensome
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By Pastor Mick Wolfe
February 18, 2019

1 Jn.5:3 “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.”

Jesus taught John (the writer of the above statement), “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments” (Jn.14:15). John, consequently, teaches this to the first century church.

A command is an authoritative statement given to be obeyed. God’s commands are always for our good (Dt.4:40, 5:29, 6:24, 10:13, Jer.7:23). A manifestation of our love for God is our obedience.

God’s ultimate goal is to produce a world in which love and blessing prevails. All of that which He has communicated is intended to arrive at this goal. Consequently, if we love and trust Him, we will seek to understand what He has communicated and live accordingly.

Many people assume that God’s commandments are designed to prevent us from having fun. People who categorize improper sexual activity, drunkenness, etc. as “fun” do not seem to realize that God’s moral standards and commandments are designed to prevent the destruction and devastation that result from such practices. God’s commandments are for our good. Many Christians have been taught that God gave us commandments to prove that we are unable to keep them. This is a very poor representation of God’s commands. There is a big difference between can’t keep and won’t keep. People are never morally guilty for that which they cannot do. God states, “For this commandment which I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it out of reach” (Dt.30:11).

The word “commandment” is one of many words used referring to ways that God has provided moral guidance and communication. We also find reference to law, testimony precepts, ordinances, statutes and judgments. Consider the follow Psalm and the positive results associated with each word as we respond with a proper reverence and love for God.

“The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether. They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them Your servant is warned; In keeping them there is great reward” (Ps.19:7-11).

Finally, a word about 2 Timothy 3:16-17 which tells us, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” If Scripture is to prove profitable for teaching, reproof, correction and training, it must be understood. To be understood, Scripture must be studied and it must be studied in a proper manner. We must not underestimate the value of what is present in the word of God and we must always understand that His intentions are pure and beneficial; His commandments are not burdensome.

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