Since many people think grace implies we can do whatever we want, and since God loves us now in the NT, unlike how He was itching to kill us all in the OT, we don’t think we need to obey God.
Furthermore, some go so far as to say that God no longer commands us to do anything because we are under grace, and grace does not make demands or command people. Here’s a quote I read from a book recently about Romans 12:1 as an example of grace and commands:
“Do we now have to resort to a “have to” method of living? Is God now commanding us to present our bodies a living sacrifice? No. He beseeches us! We know that Romans 12:1 is a great goal, but God is not working on a “have to” basis. Yes indeed, God has another way and it is the way of grace.”
Although not the dumbest thing I’ve ever read, it’s pretty close. He then goes on to talk about love, how does God try to get us to love, by commanding us? NO! By showing us and “encouraging” us to love.
Again, sounds good except for that Bible over there with all them words in it. “And 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.”
Saying that God begs us now rather than commands us, makes us the ones with the power and God the one dependent on us. I can’t go there. God is the Lawgiver, the Judge, the Creator and Supreme Being. I am a breathing pile of dirt.
God does not beg us to listen, He commands us to listen. He may employ some beseeching from time to time, can’t deny that, but the beseeching is not pleeing for His benefit, but for ours.
When I tell my son to eat his stupid vegetables, that’s a command he must obey. If he does not there will be judgment–no dessert. If I know we are having ice cream I may say, “Jacob, just please, please, eat your vegetables, I don’t want to have to take away the treats, man.”
But I am not begging for my sake and begging is certainly not the main function I use to inspire my boy to obedience. There is nothing more pathetic than watching a parent beg their child to listen as a main tactic in their relationship.
Anyway, long post longer, God does want love to be a motivator and He does beseech us to obey, but the reason why is because He has commanded us to do things and He does not desire that any should perish. Obey the commands of God, you can’t go wrong.