Obedience

Not a suggestion

If we were to separate Adam and Eve’s sin from it’s context, few of us would convict them of great transgression. All they did was swallow some fruit from a tree with a “do not eat” sign. Today, people think nothing of ignoring commands – even Biblical ones.

We tend to categorize sins as small and non-impactful, or large and severe. But God has a totally different view of our sins. Each one is followed by negative consequences.

The good news of Christ’s grace and forgiveness is our only real hope in this fallen world. Though unpleasant, focusing on sin’s consequences is necessary at times to remind us of the greatness of our salvation and to move us to obey God, even in the small things.

Commentary from the In Touch devotional by Charles Stanley, August 15, 2020.

Following His Lead

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-John 14:15-31-  To follow His example requires a heart that desires to please Him, a will that is bent toward obedience, and a mind that consistently seeks direction from Him.  Develop the habit of asking yourself two questions:  What does obedience to God look like in this situation? and What can I do to obey God more fully?

Commentary and quote from Charles Stanley, In Touch Devotional, March 9, 2020.

Walk worthy

Col 1;10

To ‘walk worthy’ is a key New Testament concept which calls the believer to live in a way that is consistent with his identification with the Lord who saved him.  Being ‘fruitful in every good work’ refers to spiritual fruit, which is the byproduct of a righteous life.  The Bible identifies spiritual fruit as leading people to Christ (1 Cor. 16:15), praising God (Heb. 13:15), giving money (Rom. 15:26-28), living a godly life (Heb. 12:11), and displaying holy attitudes (Gal. 5:22,23).  Increasing in the knowledge of God – spiritual growth cannot occur apart from this knowledge (1 Pet. 2:2; 2 Pet. 3:18).  The evidences of spiritual growth include a deeper love for God’s Word (Ps. 119:97), a more perfect obedience (1 John 2:3-5), a strong doctrinal foundation (1 John 2:12-14), an expanding faith (2 Thess. 1:3), and a greater love for others (Phil. 1:9).

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Colossians 1:10.