The Biblical definition of the Love of God is found in:
1 John 5:3 – “This is the love of God, that we keep His Commandments, and His Commandments are not burdensome.”
People wrongly assume that keeping God’s Law applied only to the Old Testament believers and today, in the New Testament and under the Covenant of mercy and grace, we are not required to obey the Commandments of God.
The deception that today we don’t need to do anything to be saved, except accepting Christ, and that God will save us even though we don’t deserve it is common among church-going Christians, but it is a destructive lie! In church Christians are told that God’s Grace means “the unmerited favor that God grants people even though they don’t deserve it”. But this contrary to the Word of God itself, which states all the way to Revelation (see the warnings to the 7 churches) that people need to repent and turn away from sin in order to receive God’s forgiveness and be granted the gift of eternal life with Christ.
The word Grace means the knowledge that gives us the power to change (see our teaching on Grace), and change, of course, means, to conform to Jesus in righteousness.
God never said that we don’t need to keep His Commandments and that those who do are being too “legalistic”!
Jesus Himself said in John 14:15 – “If you love Me, keep My Commandments.”
Furthermore, Jesus said in Matthew 5:17 – “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.”
What is done away with under the New Covenant are the old requirements, as stated in Colossians 2:14 – “Having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He (= Jesus) has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.”
In other words: the rituals (such as circumcision, animal sacrifices for atonement of sin, etc.), the keeping of the feast days (Sabbath, Passover, Tabernacles, etc.), and the dietary laws of the Old Testament.
Keeping God’s Law is still for today!
And if we love God, we do keep His Commandments! And we are happy about it because keeping His Commandments means to live in righteousness and respect towards ourselves, others, and God. Sin is not Love, sin creates a breach in relationships and separates us from ourselves, others and God, because sin always hurts someone, as plainly stated in:
Romans 13:8-10 – “Owe no one anything except to love one another, because he who loves another has fulfilled the Law. The Commandments: “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, You shall not covet”, and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this statement: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the Law.”
God, by teaching us a righteous way of living through His Commandments, which are the Principles of His Kingdom, helps us avoid all the troubles and torment that come from sin and iniquity.
The consequences of sin and iniquity are always heavy and God wants a life filled with blessings for His children, He does not want them under a curse.
When we keep God’s Law, God loves us back and grants us His blessings; and when we make this a way of life and walk according to God’s Commandments daily, we live in peace and joy, and rest in Him.
Jesus confirms this in John 15:9-11 – “As the Father loved Me (= Jesus), I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.”
These are the benefits of the Love of God towards His Children: Blessings of Full Joy for those who keep His Commandments and conform to Christ!
What does it mean to keep God’s Commandments? What does it mean to keep God’s Law? Bible study on keeping God’s Commandments.
Meaning of Keeping God’s Law:
– Sin is not Love, because it always hurts someone
– Keeping God’s Commandments means to live according to God’s righteousness
– Keeping God’s Commandments means to Love
This does not happen in one day; it is a learning process that lasts a lifetime:
1. We learn the Principles of God’s Kingdom (= God’s Commandments/God’s Law) by studying His Word (correctly translated and carefully interpreted in its context);
2. We apply those principles to our life in the sincerity of heart;
3. We conform to the sinless nature of God little by little, day by day;
4. We reap the reward of God’s blessings by seeing ourselves changed and receiving eternal life with Christ.
Having said this, we will also say that God’s Commandments are not burdensome or heavy, as the Scripture says, but if you have a Broken Heart you will find them hard to keep until your heart is healed. So, it is important that you allow God to heal your heart and remove the oppression that keeps you from your full Joy.
As we walk in God’s Law, go through a soul refining process and conform to Christ, love is perfected in us, and in the Day of Judgment, we are confident that we are saved because as God is, so are we in our lifetime.
1 John 4:17 – “Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have fearless confidence in the Day of Judgment, because as He is, so are we in this world.”
In conclusion, if you keep the Commandments as a way of life, God will love you and you will be able to get to know the Joy of dwelling in His Love in this life and receive the gift of eternal life with Christ afterward