“I command you to love me!” That’s a non-starter, isn’t it? The greatest commandment, Jesus said, is to love God with all your heart and soul. But, can love be commanded? But, instead of hearing the word, command, as a strict order to do something we don’t want to do, think of it like this: This “command” is the most important thing to remember to practice so that things will go well for you.
God’s 10 commandments were given after He first had arranged a rescue for the people from slavery.
“I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.” – (Deuteronomy 5:6)
His commands were given to protect us from falling back into any kind of slavery. In other words, His commands were given to bless us.
“Walk in all the way that the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.”
“Hear, O Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the LORD, the God of your fathers, promised you.” – (Deuteronomy 5:33; 6:3)
Our love for God is not grudging and forced, it is the natural response toward our Rescuer who loves us and wants the very best for us. Our love for God is reflected in our paying attention to how He taught us to live, loving and honoring Him by obeying. As John said it, “We love because he first loved us.” – (1John 4:19)
The same is true of our love for Jesus, Who rescued us from spiritual slavery to live life to the fullest.