“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.” (1 John 5:3)
I've often heard religion has too many rules, it takes away our freedoms. I suppose somebody who does not know Christ can easily assume that. They’re only looking from the outside, like being on the other side of a glass window. A change happens in a believer's life when they receive salvation. We experience a heart transplant. We were once on the opposite side of that glass, disregarding or even despising God and religious rules. As believers, God's Commandments no longer feel like a list of rules. The key text says His commandments are not burdensome. That means they are not beyond our capabilities, they are not unreasonable or too difficult. As a matter of fact, His Word says we can delight in His commandments! Psalms 119:4.
Sisters, let's take delight in His commandments. We don't have to do all this ourselves; God gives us with the ability to obey Him, His Word, and His commandments. In my early years of being a believer, I had been guilty of assuming that everything I did I needed to do myself. I had to strive to be better, I had to obey His commandments, I had to do this and do that. But as His children, He gives us the power of the Holy Spirit which helps us with the ability to persevere, obey and do what pleases Him; I could accept His help with that! Unbelievers might assume our freedom is taken away, but she who the Son has set free, is free, indeed (John 8:36)! Jesus is true freedom!
Father, thank you that Your commands are not burdensome, that we can look at them with delight and love to obey You!
Sisters, do you remember being on the outside of that glass? How does your view of His commands look different now than they did prior to salvation? Are you still struggling and feeling like His commands are burdensome?
Kelly is passionate in the study of God and His Word. She is an avid encourager to those around her and loves to share the saving message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Kelly lives in Alabama with her husband of 13 years, one son, and works full-time as a customer account manager for a local business.