1 John 5:3
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New International Version
In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome,

New Living Translation
Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome.

English Standard Version
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.

New American Standard Bible
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.

King James Bible
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For this is what love for God is: to keep His commands. Now His commands are not a burden,

International Standard Version
For this demonstrates our love for God: We keep his commandments, and his commandments are not difficult,

NET Bible
For this is the love of God: that we keep his commandments. And his commandments do not weigh us down,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For this is the love of God: to keep his commandments; and his commandments are not burdensome.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
To love God means that we obey his commandments. Obeying his commandments isn't difficult

Jubilee Bible 2000
For this is the charity of God, that we keep his commandments, and his commandments are not grievous.

King James 2000 Bible
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not burdensome.

American King James Version
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

American Standard Version
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For this is the charity of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not heavy.

Darby Bible Translation
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments; and his commandments are not grievous.

English Revised Version
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

Webster's Bible Translation
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments; and his commandments are not grievous.

Weymouth New Testament
Love for God means obedience to His commands; and His commands are not irksome.

World English Bible
For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. His commandments are not grievous.

Young's Literal Translation
for this is the love of God, that His commands we may keep, and His commands are not burdensome;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:1-5 True love for the people of God, may be distinguished from natural kindness or party attachments, by its being united with the love of God, and obedience to his commands. The same Holy Spirit that taught the love, will have taught obedience also; and that man cannot truly love the children of God, who, by habit, commits sin or neglects known duty. As God's commands are holy, just, and good rules of liberty and happiness, so those who are born of God and love him, do not count them grievous, but lament that they cannot serve him more perfectly. Self-denial is required, but true Christians have a principle which carries them above all hinderances. Though the conflict often is sharp, and the regenerate may be cast down, yet he will rise up and renew his combat with resolution. But all, except believers in Christ, are enslaved in some respect or other, to the customs, opinions, or interests of the world. Faith is the cause of victory, the means, the instrument, the spiritual armour by which we overcome. In and by faith we cleave to Christ, in contempt of, and in opposition to the world. Faith sanctifies the heart, and purifies it from those sensual lusts by which the world obtains sway and dominion over souls. It has the indwelling Spirit of grace, which is greater than he who dwells in the world. The real Christian overcomes the world by faith; he sees, in and by the life and conduct of the Lord Jesus on earth, that this world is to be renounced and overcome. He cannot be satisfied with this world, but looks beyond it, and is still tending, striving, and pressing toward heaven. We must all, after Christ's example, overcome the world, or it will overcome us to our ruin.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - Reason for the preceding statement. "For the love of God consists in this (1 John 4:17), that we keep his commandments: and these are not grievous." These are the words, not merely of an inspired apostle, but of an aged man, with a wide experience of life and its difficulties. "Difficult" is a relative term, depending upon the relation between the thing to be done and the powers of the doer of it. The Christian, whose will is united with the will of God, will not find obedience to that will a task.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments,.... Keeping of the commandments of God is an evidence of love to God; this shows that love is not in word and tongue, in profession only, but in deed and in truth; and that such persons have a sense of the love of God upon their souls, under the influence of which they act; and such shall have, and may expect to have, greater manifestations of the love of God unto them:

and his commandments are not grievous; heavy, burdensome, and disagreeable; by which are meant, not so much the precepts of the moral law, which through the weakness of the flesh are hard to be kept, and cannot be perfectly fulfilled; though believers indeed, being freed from the rigorous exaction, curse, and condemnation of the law, delight in it after the inward man, and serve it cheerfully with their spirit; and still less the commands of the ceremonial law, which were now abolished, and were grievous to be borne; but rather those of faith in Christ, and love to the saints, 1 John 3:23; or it may be the ordinances of the Gospel, baptism, and the Lord's supper, with others, which though disagreeable to unregenerate persons, who do not care to be under the yoke of Christ, however easy and light it is, yet are not heavy and burdensome to regenerate ones; and especially when they have the love of God shed abroad in them, the presence of God with them, communion with Jesus Christ, and a supply of grace and strength from him; then are these ways ways of pleasantness, and paths of peace, and the tabernacles of the Lord are amiable and lovely.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3. this is—the love of God consists in this.

not grievous—as so many think them. It is "the way of the transgressor" that "is hard." What makes them to the regenerate "not grievous," is faith which "overcometh the world" (1Jo 5:4): in proportion as faith is strong, the grievousness of God's commandments to the rebellious flesh is overcome. The reason why believers feel any degree of irksomeness in God's commandments is, they do not realize fully by faith the privileges of their spiritual life.

1 John 5:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Overcoming the World
2By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments. 3For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. 4For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world-- our faith.…
Cross References
Matthew 11:30
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

Matthew 23:4
They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.

John 14:15
"If you love me, keep my commands.

John 14:21
Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them."

John 14:23
Jesus replied, "Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.

1 John 2:3
We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.

2 John 1:6
And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.
Treasury of Scripture

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

this.

Exodus 20:6 And showing mercy to thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Deuteronomy 5:10 And showing mercy to thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments.

Deuteronomy 7:9 Know therefore that the LORD your God, he is God, the faithful God…

Deuteronomy 10:12,13 And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but …

Daniel 9:4 And I prayed to the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, …

Matthew 12:47-50 Then one said to him, Behold, your mother and your brothers stand …

John 14:15 If you love me, keep my commandments.

John 14:21-24 He that has my commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves …

John 15:10,14 If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; even as …

2 John 1:6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the …

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Psalm 19:7-11 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony …

Psalm 119:45,47,48,103,104,127,128,140 And I will walk at liberty: for I seek your precepts…

Proverbs 3:17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.

Micah 6:8 He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require …

Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest…

Romans 7:12,22 Why the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good…

Hebrews 8:10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel …

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