Love means obedience. Somehow the word obedience has come to have a negative connotation. That’s just not true in the Bible.
In the Bible, obedience is the flip-side of love. It’s the expression of love. In several places, Jesus says, if you love me you will obey what I command. In 1 John 5, it says, “This is love for God that we obey his commands and his commands are not burdensome.” In other words, it’s not some onerous duty that we have. It’s just the overflow of our gratitude for all that the Lord has done for us, and so is the idea of obedience.
We need to to reclaim the value of that similarly the word accountability. Somehow has come to have some kind of a negative connotation. Accountability is very important. We talked about the spiritual economy and in the spiritual economy we need to balance knowledge and obedience and sharing with others, and this happens through accountability.
Every time we’re together, we need to be holding one another accountable not only for what we know, but what we’re doing with that. Who we’re sharing that with. Wee do this out of love for one another. We love one another, we want one another to understand God’s will and God’s ways, to be more intimate with him, to understand him more fully. We want one another to live the abundant life He has created for us or that He desires for us. We want one another to have the joy of walking in those works that He’s prepared beforehand for us to walk in.
So if we fail to hold one another accountable, we’re essentially saying I don’t really care about your life, I don’t care about your spiritual life welfare, I don’t care you know that you’re living a joy-filled wonderful life with God. Obedience is critical and accountability is critical and we need to reclaim these within the body of Christ
More Multiplication Concepts
This concept is part of the “Multiplication Concepts” series by Curtis Sergeant. Consider working through the entire series and challenging someone you know to do it with you. See an entire list of the concepts in the article titled “Multiplication Concepts”.
This same concept is taught in the Zúme Training course using video animation and is translated into 40 languages. This concept love means obedience is taught in “Accountability Groups” in session 1 of the Zúme Training.
Zúme Training is an on-line and in-life learning experience designed for small groups who follow Jesus to learn how to obey His Great Commission and make disciples who multiply.