“Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3, NLT).

Artois Puppy

Artois Puppy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A friend of mine recently acquired a puppy. She quickly found out what a big responsibility dog ownership is. She feeds and cares for the dog, takes her to obedience classes, and must be home every night after work to walk and play with her. If she didn’t love the dog, all of this might be a burden for a young woman with lots of interests and activities. But it’s not—her actions reflect her love for the dog and she happily does it all.

Some think of obedience to God as a huge burden, which would keep them from enjoying life. Obeying him can be a burden when it’s done out of feelings of duty or as legalistic requirements in exchange for blessings. When we understand that he first loved us, so much he gave his only son for us, and realize all he’s done for us, we can’t help but love him back and want to obey his commands—to love him and love others as we love ourselves. Our actions reflect our love for him just as his actions reflect his love for us.