2 John 1.5-6 – And now, dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.
“Once you begin to neglect obedience, one by one everything goes. It can happen to any one of us. Obedience is difficult but that’s where love comes from.
“We belong to Jesus and obedience is our strength. You must do small acts of obedience with great love… Obedience is a cross—pick up your cross and follow him. Everyone in the world has to obey in some way or another. People are forced to obey or they will lose their jobs. But we obey out of love for Jesus…
“Ask yourself: Is your love free? Is there total surrender to God in your life? Loving trust and total surrender complete each other. Jesus had unshakable trust in his Father. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed: ‘Father…not my will but yours be done.’ …This trust was the fruit of Jesus’ intimate knowledge and love of the Father. Jesus trusted his whole life and his mission into the hands of his Father. That is loving trust. Do we have that trust?” [Quotes of Mother Teresa from Thirsting for God]
May we love Jesus by walking in obedience to His commands. May there be total surrender to God in our lives. Take this moment to sing, worship and pray to the Lord, to express our loving trust and total surrender to Him. Song: “Close” by Hillsong Young & Free.