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TITLE: Burdensome Commands
TEXT: 1 John 5:1-4
PROPOSITION: Many people feel that God has demanded too much.

INTRODUCTION: Matthew 23:4 – Some bind heavy burdens

Commands of men, customs, traditions, rituals, man-made laws

The commands of God are not too demanding.

Learn some basic facts about the commands of God.

Many think God’s commands are burdensome

  1. OT Examples
    Naaman – 1 Kings 5
    Israel – many times did not understand God’s commands
  2. NT Examples
    King Agrippa – Acts 26
    Rich Young Ruler

Why some think the commands of God are burdensome

  1. Do not understand the reason or purpose.
  2. Some do not see any sense to them.
  3. When they demand a sacrifice – time, money, etc.
  4. When they require a change in behavior – repent
  5. Think that commands are – Legalism.
  6. Think that some commands are not necessary.
  7. Some feel that they demand 100% perfection.

Some commands people find burdensome

  1. Obey the commands of God. Hebrews 5:8-9
  2. Deny self. Matthew 16:24
  3. Love your enemies. Matthew 5:44
  4. Study the Bible. 2 Timothy 2:15
  5. Attend the assembly. Hebrews 10:25
  6. Give as prospered. 1 Corinthians 16:1-2
  7. Command to live a godly, pure life. Galatians 5:19-21

Why the commands of God are not burdensome

  1. They are given by God 2 Timothy 3:16-17
  2. The are for our personal good – in view of eternity Matthew 4:4
  3. Help prepare us for heaven Revelation 22:14
  4. They are the standard of judgment John 12:48
  5. They are the "words of life" John 6:68


  1. Have you been rejecting the commands of God?
  2. Repent and obey them without delay.
  3. Listen again to our text – 1 John 5:3

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