Obedience, the way of love, is tied to keeping the commandments of the Lord Jesus. We keep the commandments of Christ because we love who he is. We love his deeds and words and his way of life. In free and loving obedience is found happiness.
Uniting your human will to Christ brings happiness. This is an essential concept which the world has long rejected and which people find perplexing and difficult. Isn’t my happiness found in complete human freedom? says the worldly post-modern autonomist.
In order to pursue the good wholeheartedly, it is necessary to truly love the good, to see it as a highly desirable treasure. The ancient philosopher Plato understood that if we love the good, our emotions and dispositions will move toward it spontaneously and with a sense of delight.