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

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

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

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;

1 John 5:3 Parallel
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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

For this is the love of God - This the love of God necessarily produces. It is vain to pretend love to God while we live in opposition to his will.

His commandments - To love him with all our heart, and our neighbor as ourselves, are not grievous - are not burdensome; for no man is burdened with the duties which his own love imposes. The old proverb explains the meaning of the apostle's words, Love feels no loads. Love to God brings strength from God; through his love and his strength, all his commandments are not only easy and light, but pleasant and delightful.

On the love of God, as being the foundation of all religious worship, there is a good saying in Sohar Exod., fol. 23, Colossians 91:"Rabbi Jesa said, how necessary is it that a man should love the holy blessed God! For he can bring no other worship to God than love; and whoever loves him, and worships him from a principle of love, him the holy blessed God calls his beloved."

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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 to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him...

Daniel 9:4 And I prayed to the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God...

Matthew 12:47-50 Then one said to him, Behold, your mother and your brothers stand without, desiring to speak with you...

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 me: and he that loves me shall be loved of my Father...

John 15:10,14 If you keep my commandments, you shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love...

2 John 1:6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as you have heard from the beginning...

and.

Psalm 19:7-11 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple...

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 of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy...

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 after those days, said the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind...

Library
The World Our Enemy.
"We know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness."--1 John v. 19. Few words are of more frequent occurrence in the language of religion than "the world;" Holy Scripture makes continual mention of it, in the way of censure and caution; in the Service for Baptism it is described as one of three great enemies of our souls, and in the ordinary writings and conversation of Christians, I need hardly say, mention is made of it continually. Yet most of us, it would appear, have very
John Henry Newman—Parochial and Plain Sermons, Vol. VII

Spiritual Idolatry
"Little children, keep yourselves from idols." 1 John 5:21. 1. There are two words that occur several times in this Epistle, -- paidia and teknia, both of which our translators render by the same expression, little children. But their meaning is very different. The former is very properly rendered little children; for it means, babes in Christ, those that have lately tasted of his love, and are, as yet, weak and unestablished therein. The latter might with more propriety be rendered, beloved children;
John Wesley—Sermons on Several Occasions

The Blessing of Full Assurance
We do not wonder that certain men do not receive the epistles, for they were not written to them. Why should they cavil at words which are addressed to men of another sort from themselves? Yet we do not marvel, for we knew it would be so. Here is a will, and you begin to read it; but you do not find it interesting: it is full of words and terms which you do not take the trouble to understand, because they have no relation to yourself; but should you, in reading that will, come upon a clause in which
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 34: 1888

1 John 5:4-5. victory
[8] "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God I" 1 John 5:4-5. IT ought to be our practice, if we have any religion, to examine the state of our souls from time to time, and to find out whether we are "right in the sight of God" (Acts 8:21). Are we true Christians? Are we likely to go to heaven when we die? Are we born again,--born of
John Charles Ryle—The Upper Room: Being a Few Truths for the Times

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.

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