Obedience, changing our actions out of compliance or respect for another, often has a negative connotation in today’s world. We like to think we are responsible for ourselves, but obeying the rules is the core of civilization. At home, at school, at work, as citizens — obedience allows society to function.
An abundance of grace and peace bless those who obey what Jesus taught (1 Peter 1:2). Christ “humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, yes, the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:8).
Instead of creating puppets, or robots, or slaves, God created us, His children. He gave us rules because He loves us. He wants us to obey them because we love Him.
Obedience to God’s word is wise
Everyone therefore who hears these words of mine and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on a rock. The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it didn’t fall, for it was founded on the rock.
My obedience brings me love and joy
Even as the Father has loved me, I also have loved you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, even as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. I have spoken these things to you, that my joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be made full.
Obedience is acting upon what I know
But he who looks into the perfect law of freedom and continues, not being a hearer who forgets, but a doer of the work, this man will be blessed in what he does.
Jesus’ obedience to God saves me
For as through the one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the one, many will be made righteous.
My obedience to God brings Him glory
Seeing that through the proof given by this service, they glorify God for the obedience of your confession to the Good News of Christ and for the generosity of your contribution to them and to all.
Obeying God’s word is a blessing
But he said, “On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God, and keep it.”
Obeying God’s commands shows how much I love Him
This is love, that we should walk according to his commandments. This is the commandment, even as you heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it.
Obedience is better than sacrifice
Samuel said, “Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the LORD’s voice? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams.”
Obedience brings earthly rewards
If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the good of the land.
God blesses the obedient
It shall be, if you will listen to all that I command you, and will walk in my ways, and do that which is right in my eyes, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as David my servant did; that I will be with you, and will build you a sure house, as I built for David, and will give Israel to you.