RichardAnna Boyce Is love in any relationship “free” or is it reciprocal. Basic logic shows no relationship is one sided. The new covenant is still a covenant relationship. To enter into a marriage for example is not a one sided agreement. A young lady may be loved by many suitors but chooses one exclusively. This is the danger of “free grace”. It leaves no responsibility on the bride and the bride is “free” of any covenant boundaries. Do you love God? He loves you, but a relationship takes two. He is a jealous God (Duet. 4:24). Now, Jesus is relentless in his pursuit just as in Hosea, but at some point we have to love God back. He loved us while we were sinners so we could no longer be sinners. Not mystically in representation only but literally free from sin in true repentance in reciprocal pursuit of him. Luke 9:23 shows us it cost everything everyday to be a disciple. That is far from “free.” Jesus said it plainly in John 14.
V.15 “If you love me, keep my commands.
V.21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”
V. 23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.
V. 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.