Whoever has my commands & obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He loves me will be loved by my Father, & I too will love him & show myself to him.  Jesus, John 14:21

The essence of obedience is not necessarily doing right but being right. That is, you must become who God wants you to be, which will result in right action.  Mel Blackaby & Bo Stevens

Spiritual transformation into Christ-likeness in not going to happen unless we act... What transforms us is the will to obey Jesus Christ.  Dallas Willard