As a result of adult children neglecting their responsibilities, some elderly parents in Singapore are forced to seek financial help from charities and other state agencies. Speaking about this escalating situation, a government official said, "We cannot legislate love".
In the Bible, however, love is commanded. That is what Moses told the nation of Israel: "I command you today to love the Lord Your God, to walk in His ways" (Deut. 30:16). And Jesus said that the greatest commandment was to "love the Lord your God" (Mark 12:30). How can God command love? His supreme display of love at Calvary gave Him that right.
Jesus' beloved disciple, John, wrote: "By this, we know love because He laid down His life for us. . . This is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment" (1 John 3:16, 23). What opportunities do you have to obey God's command to love? Honoring parents by caring and providing for them? Ministering to a sick friend? Offering a gracious and kind word to someone who is difficult to love? We show our love for God when we love one another.