Reflection 127: The Love of God Through Obedience

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You are called to love God with your whole heart, mind, soul and strength.  But how do you do this?  What does an active loving of God look like in our lives?  Ultimately, we love God through holy obedience.  We must obey His Divine Will above all else.  Perhaps that seems like a strange concept, that love of God is best expressed in holy obedience.  But it is.  It’s expressed in holy obedience because of one simple fact: The Will of God is perfect, perfect for us, exactly what we need, it’s what we were made for, and we must enter into perfect submission to His Will.  In the end, the only way we will understand this form and depth of love is by living it (See Diary #616).

How well do you do with the practice of holy obedience?  When you think about this, does it inspire you, or turn you off?  Holy obedience can be a difficult virtue to embrace and live wholeheartedly.  It can be difficult to accept and to embrace as good.  Look at your inner reaction to the idea of striving to obey God in all things.  If you can rid yourself of any resistance to this practice, you will find great joy in loving God in this perfect way.

Lord, I want to obey You in all things.  I thank You that Your law is perfect and, when embraced, completely refreshes my soul.  Help me to always love You in this holy way so as to make Your Will my own.  In this act, I imitate Your perfect obedience to the Will of the Father.  Jesus, I trust in You.

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