Obedience without love is duty. We are NEVER to serve God out of duty, but out of gratitude and love. He loves us, we love Him.
21 Bind them [teaching of God’s love for us] on your heart; fasten them around your neck.
Today is straight out of my journal (I did go back and list the Scripture references).
Without the desire to do Your will, Abba, I am left with nothing but duty (1 Corinthians 13:1-3). This desire is motivated by gratitude and love. It’s not what I can get from You, but what You have already done for me for which I am grateful. The love I have in my heart is You (Your Spirit) loving You (the Father) through Jesus (the Son), and invites me to join in as a member of that love (John 15:9-11, 1 Corinthians 2:12-13).
The inner peace I feel knowing that I am washed in the blood of the Lamb (Revelation 7:14, 12:11), made perfect, complete and whole in Your eternal sight (Jude 24), fills me with joy inexpressible (1 Peter 1:8), Abba. The fellowship we share is beyond words.
The framework of the knowledge for my relationship with You is explained and illustrated in Scripture. The more I know, the better I can understand; the better I understand, the more victorious I can be in this world.
The other neat thing about Scripture is that I connect with You when I read them, ponder them, and quote them. I LOVE that connection!
The Spirit within me has given me a new desire, which is to be just like You, LORD. Whatever that looks like, that’s what I want to be. Work my salvation from the inside out.
12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation [work your salvation from the inside out] with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will [desire] and to act [power] in order to fulfill his good purpose. Philippians 2:12-13