If you love Me, keep my commandments. (John 14:15)
When our kids were growing up, we tried to teach them that the “right” choice was the right choice, and it’s always right to do what’s right. But what compels us to be righteous? I am assuming that most people reading this desire to grow both personally, and especially spiritually, which of course includes increasing in righteousness.
But what is the motivation that urges us to fight against our own selfish desires in order to do what’s right? Maybe it is guilt, or fear, or even a compliant personality. If we are living in the saving grace, we already have been forgiven of our iniquities—past, present , and future. Guilt or fear of punishment is unnecessary. So what’s the provocation?
Just as a parent or loving spouse often acts unselfishly out of love, it’s exciting to think that the driving force that may be urging us to “keep My commandments” is the outpouring of the love that we invited into our heart by faith.