We should delight in the law of the Lord


Today’s gospel reading might be short but it should be sweet to our ears. Jesus said, “If you love me, keep my commandments… He who has received my commandments, and keep them, is the one who loves me…If a man loves me, he will keep my words…He who loves me not keeps not my commandments.” We should delight in the law of the Lord and not consider His commandments burdensome. We are privileged to hear and obey God’s commands. We would destroy ourselves and the lives of others, if God had not had mercy on us and revealed to us through His commandments how to live, love, be free, pure, holy, and fully human. Therefore, His law makes the difference between life and death, light and darkness. We cherish and obey even the smallest part of a letter of His law. That is why God’s law is sweeter than even the finest delicacies and why we consider it more valuable than thousands of gold and silver pieces.

The law of God is truth and when we live according to that truth it produces the fruits of righteousness, holiness, peace, and joy. Jesus taught reverence for God’s law — reverence for God Himself, for the Lord’s Day, reverence or respect for parents, respect for life, for property, for another person’s good name, respect for oneself and for one’s neighbor lest wrong or hurtful desires master us. Reverence and respect for God’s commandments teach us the way of love — love of God and love of neighbor. What is impossible to men is possible to God and those who have faith in God. God gives us the grace to love as he loves, to forgive as he forgives, to think as he thinks, and to act as he acts. The Lord loves righteousness and hates wickedness. As his followers we must love his commandments and hate every form of sin.

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