It is true to say that to love God is to obey God.
His commandments are not burdensome.
You cannot obey God without loving him. That is called being a pharisee. You cannot love God without obeying him, that is called being a hypocrite. 1 John 2
If you love God it is not a burden to obey him. It is an act of faith.
It is possible that the bible is a burden. If you approach the bible as a burden… or If you feel crushed under the weight of God’s commands… Some thing is amis. Something is not lined up correctly. Something is mis-aligned. Something at the HEART LEVEL is not aligned.
Need to ask the question… IF I feel burdened… why?
IF I feel like it is a checklist… why?
If I do not love it….. why?
Bible says “love God and obey him and his commands are NOT a burden” so if I feel burdened… something is wrong… what? (Note… it does not say they are easy… just not a burden)
Obedience to God through his word is ultimately an act of LOVE. And so we need to ask ourselves the question… WHY am I not delighting, WHY am I not treasuring?
**It is a HEART issue.** Only I can answer that question… or only I in a community of people that I trust can answer that question….
It is not meant to be a burden and if it is a burden it is a problem with ME… no my work, my kids, my spouse, my God, my finances, my country or my community…
In fact it may be a good prayer — God would you deal with my heart. In this moment give me a heart that treasures and prioritizes this book and prioritizes you? Would you do that because I love you.
The bible is connected to God’s heart for us.