Love and Obedience

Love and Obedience


John 14:15 – 21

  ‘If you love me, you will keep my commandments’ is the first verse of this passage. I have issues with obedience but after reflection, I now understand this passage from John is about love, not keeping of commandments. The only commandment we are given in John is that in John 13. A new commandment I give to you, to love one another. We have to remember that following Christ gives us freedom and abundant life, but it involves things we may not be comfortable with and being obedient.

God invites us into a love relationship, it is a personal relationship, firstly with God and then with others, we cannot keep it to ourselves but must share it. 

Luckily, we are a forgiven people, we cannot in our own strength keep Christ’s commands but God knows this. That is why God sent Christ to become like us, he died and through the power of the Holy Spirit rose again.  God’s Kingdom of love and justice is something for the future but we need to keep our eyes on it and reflect on how we can start to establish God’s kingdom of love now. If you love me, you will do my commands. The first clause is the priority, the second follows as we desire to please the one we worship.

Speaker: Moira Dodsworth

Although not born in Australia, I have lived here for 30 years mostly in Central Queensland, including 25 years in Mackay. Two years ago I moved to Brisbane after being accepted as a candidate for ministry. I am studying my Bachelor of Theology and attend training at Trinity College in Auchenflower. I did a student placement at Tarragindi Uniting Church last year and am spending this year at Cleveland. I live with my dog and cat and do patchwork for fun.

Moira Dodsworth     May 2017