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Obedient Love


Genesis 12:1-7

Verse 3 “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”


We have reached the last week of Advent. This is the week where we celebrate the gift of His love. In a world that misunderstands the truth about what love means we can see throughout history how God has shown love to His people. It will also help us think about what our level of obedience says about our love for Him.


Love is something that doesn’t always show itself through being said, although it is important to be verbal about it. In our reading today God has just told Abram (later known as Abraham) that He wants him to leave everything he knows behind and travel to a new land. This would have been a bigger issue than it may seem to us. It was saying goodbye to those they knew not knowing if they would ever have contact with those they loved again.


The fact that Abram obeyed God shows that he was choosing to love God more than his family and friends. That was a life changing decision and it wouldn’t always be easy but Abram understood that it wasn’t about his love, it was about God’s love. If God hadn’t loved him God wouldn’t have told him He had something for him to do. Abram could obey because he knew that God was calling him from a heart of love.


Abram’s love for God was shown through his trust and obedience. He didn’t know where he was going or how long it was going to take to get there. And remember that Abram was already 75 years old at this time. And yes, people did live longer in those days, but he was leaving 75 years of friends and family to go somewhere that held no one he knew except those who traveled with him.


This obedience came with a promise. Part of that promise was the first Christmas. Of course Abram didn’t know that, but we do. Being obedient to God doesn’t just show Him our love for Him. It affects others in our lives too. Whether it is the child that watches us even when we forget they are watching or the clerk at the store who finds our pleasant demeanor a welcome relief in the midst of a hectic day. Obedience to Him is an act of love to those around us.


Making It Personal

How would you react if God asked you to move to an undisclosed location and leave everyone behind? Does that answer reflect a higher love of God or family? Are you willing to allow God to love through you?


Making It Personal Kids

How much do you love Jesus? Do you love Him enough to obey Him even if you don’t want to? What is a way that obeying Jesus can help you love someone else?


Closing Prayer

Father, thank You for the amazing love that You have for us. Thank You for loving us so much to make the decision to come to earth for our salvation. We love You, help us show that love to You and those You put in our lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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