Obedience out of love and obedience to earn love are two very different things. The first operates in delight and ease, and the latter causes us to strive in exhaustion. There is rest in the first, and an unease in the second.
What if you knew there was absolutely nothing you could do to change the fact that He already looks upon you in love and delight? What if obedience wasn’t to earn the affections of His heart, but instead, an expression of love and trust towards Him?
There is complete security in the embrace of the Father. His love for us is whole and perfect, not because we are perfect but because He is. When you understand that, obedience without condition is no longer a struggle.. it turns into the delight of a trusting child who wants nothing more than the smile of her Papa.