Loving God and my Neighbour is all I’m Required to do

You’re absolutely right in emphasizing the importance of obedience to God’s commandments as a demonstration of our love for Him and for our neighbour. The apostle John’s words in 1 John 5:2-3 reinforce this understanding.

When it comes to expressing our love for God, it is not enough to only profess our love; it must be accompanied by obedience to His commandments. As the passage states, keeping God’s commandments is a manifestation of our love for Him. It is through our actions and obedience that our love for God is made evident.

In the parable of the two sons and their response to their father, one son expresses his love and commits to obeying his father demonstrating true love. Similarly, our love for God is demonstrated through our obedience to His commandments.

The commandments of God can be divided into two categories: those that pertain to our relationship with God and those that pertain to our relationship with others. Keeping the first four commandments, which focus on loving God, demonstrates our devotion, reverence, and loyalty to our Creator. Keeping the last six commandments, which emphasize love for our neighbour, demonstrates our genuine care, respect, and concern for others.

By faithfully following both sets of commandments, we show our love for God and our love for our neighbour. Our obedience to God’s commandments becomes an expression of our love and devotion to Him. It aligns with the teachings of Jesus, who emphasized the importance of both loving God with all our heart, soul, and mind, and loving our neighbour as ourselves (Matthew 22:37-40).

Ultimately, it is the combination of our love for God and our love for others, expressed through our obedience to His commandments, that truly reflects our genuine love for God.


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