“In fact, this is love for God; to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world.” 1 John 5:3-4.
An older kid is carrying a younger kid on his back to school.
“Isn’t that a heavy load you’re carrying,” someone asked.
“No,” he replied, “he ain’t heavy, he’s my brother.”
Today’s verses have the word “burdensome” in the middle.
Are God’s commands “burdensome?”
I suppose, in some ways, they aren’t. Be nice to your neighbor. His walk needs shoveling so you have the time and you do it. Nothing burdensome there.
However, I can’t help but think of when obeying God might be considered burdensome. You don’t have the time. The neighbor has been a pain in the neck. You’re tired.
William Barclay in “The Letters of John and Jude,” explained why a believer is not burdened in obeying God’s commands: When I attempt to carry out God’s commands, I am assured of having Him alongside. Also, I am eager to do what He wants because I love Him.
I think back of a time in my life where I was trying to upgrade my prayer life. I felt that there were things interfering with my interaction with God.
“Show me what they are, Father,” I asked.
Things came to mind.
“Oh Lord, how embarrassing it would be to do that,” I answered.
I waited for the Lord to move on……….He didn’t.
I knew that correcting a mistake from the past would be “burdensome.” How would I do it? I asked God to help me. Mistakes were apologized for and my interactions with God were the better for it.
Isn’t it amazing what we do when we love someone? No “counting the cost” in a love relationship. “What will it take to maintain it,” is all we care about.
I love God. He gives me plenty of ways to show that I love Him. Primarily, it’s doing what He wants. That’s why I read His Word. That is why I try to have an unceasing relationship with Him. I want to know/do what makes Him happy.
Conclusion: Loving God is not burdensome.