Sunday, 5 July 2009

Obligation, obedience and love

Further reflecting on this, I think that another reason for the obligation is that it offers us an opportunity to be obedient.

This is a very unfashionable virtue today, but one we are constantly told that Christ Himself exercised: obedient unto death...

I believe obedience is actually a necessary component of love: wives obey your husbands, for example. The submission of our own will to that of someone else is so hard for us -and so good for us.

3 comments:

Simon Platt said...

Good point!

Ben Trovato said...

C S LEwis writes somewhere that obedience is an erotic necessity (in That Hideous Strength, if memory serves). There's a counter-cultural idea!

The Guild Master said...

Anyone who is a parent knows the vital link between obedience and love. The comment made on the last post about obligation in prayer life is spot on. Someone once said that if you faced a crisis of faith, you should just keep saying the prayers, even if you didn't believe it any more. Just keep saying the prayers.