© 2010 • Hillcrest Church of Christ
by Danny Boggs
Jesus said in John 14:15, “If you love Me, you will obey what I command.” Love for Jesus looks for no loopholes. It makes no excuses. It eagerly obeys. Then why do people who say that they love Jesus try to justify disobedience?
Some impenitently declare, “God’s grace is big enough to cover it.” The Bible says, “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?” (Romans 6:1-2).
Some presumptuously announce, “It’s not a salvation issue.” The Bible says that although Jesus is God’s Son, “He learned obedience from the things which He suffered. And having been made perfect, He became to all those who obey Him the source of eternal salvation” (Hebrews 5:8-9).
Some facetiously request, “Forgive me for my exuberance!” The Bible says that zeal without knowledge leads nowhere (Romans 10:1-2).
Some shamelessly claim, “I had no other choice.” The Bible says, “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it” (1 Corinthians 10:13).
Jesus still says, “If you love Me, you will obey what I command.”