Jesus instructs in John 14:15, “If you love me, obey my commands.” This is not a suggestion; this is an instruction from God, an order, a command. Furthermore, Jesus goes on to say that those who do not love Him will not obey his commands. Obedience, hence, is the evidence of a love for Jesus. We obey simply because we love Him.
In Psalm 112 (NLT), the psalmist sings the blessings bestowed upon those who obey His commands. In other words, we obey out of love, and then we are blessed because we obey. The reciprocal should never be true: We do not obey in order to be blessed!
1 Praise the LORD!
How joyful are those who fear the LORD
and delight in obeying his commands.
2 Their children will be successful everywhere;
an entire generation of godly people will be blessed.
3 They themselves will be wealthy,
and their good deeds will last forever.
4 Light shines in the darkness for the godly.
They are generous, compassionate, and righteous.
5 Good comes to those who lend money generously
and conduct their business fairly.
6 Such people will not be overcome by evil.
Those who are righteous will be long remembered.
7 They do not fear bad news;
they confidently trust the LORD to care for them.
8 They are confident and fearless
and can face their foes triumphantly.
9 They share freely and give generously to those in need.
Their good deeds will be remembered forever.
They will have influence and honor.
10 The wicked will see this and be infuriated.
They will grind their teeth in anger;
they will slink away, their hopes thwarted.