Not Burdensome?

Draughting Theology

The author of 1st John makes more than one bold assertion in the course of his five chapter letter.  Last week, we heard “God is love,” which, while true, is a deeply profound theological statement.  This week, we’re told that God’s “commandments are not burdensome.”  In case you’ve forgotten since yesterday’s post, there are, at most, two commandments of Jesus.  In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus sums up the Law and the Prophets with these words, “Love the Lord your God with all you heart, soul, mind and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.”  In John’s Gospel, that list shrinks down to one, “love one another.”

Now, I have been known, from time to time, to be a less than pleasant person.  I can be snarky and grumpy and rather impatient.  I’m not particularly gifted at loving others in car line or Walmart.  I know I’m not alone…

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