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God doesn’t want a mindless obedience without a warm relationship

Diminishing Love
God Sees You – Part 4

Scripture Reading: Revelation 2:1-5

Key Verse: Revelation 2:4

 “But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first!

Yesterday’s devotional pointed out the biblical definition of love, which was to obey God’s commands. However, it must be made clear that our obedience must spring forth from a deep faith and reverence for who God is—from an authentic relationship through Christ. In other words, God doesn’t want a mindless and heartless obedience without a warm relationship with His people!

You have probably heard it preached that Jesus didn’t come to give us a new religion; He came to give us a new relationship! The Old Testament was all about the Law of God; the New Testament is all about the heart of God. God wants a relationship with us, and Jesus’ death and resurrection made that possible. There is some emotion in this new relationship with God, but it’s much deeper than emotion. This relationship is supposed to go deep in its trust in the character of God and its belief in the promises of His Word. This relationship resembles a healthy marriage, always a present reality between two people. God is not into a Sunday only connection with us. He wants to be a 24/7 friend, closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24).

Will you work in the light of God’s Word today and obey it because you are convinced its truth is right above all other worldly ideas? If so, you are living in your first love for God, giving God exactly what He deserves.

Father, thank you for our relationship. Thank you, Jesus, for making this relationship possible. In Jesus’ name, amen.