Our Obedience Is Not The Basis For The Relationship

God’s commandments, and our obedience, rest on that loving relationship; they do not form the relationship. We obey because we are loved; we are not loved because we obey. The love of our Father precedes and stimulates the obedience of His children. We are to forgive and live and love as dearly loved children, imitating the One who already is our Father, not performing to bribe God to become our Father.

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