We don’t always like obeying rules that others have set. When it comes to obeying God, do we ever feel the same way? Obeying God means we have to surrender our own will, and follow His instead. It comes down to our attitude. Do we put ourselves first, or God first? Our obedience is a way we can express our love for Him. The Bible says: ‘Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome’ (1 John 5:3 NLT). It’s key to remember that His rules are ‘not burdensome.’ He doesn’t set out the way we should live to try to trip us up or crush us under the pressure. It’s out of love. Rules are often put in place for our own good; they help to keep us safe and to get the best out of life. And that’s what God’s commands are there for too. They encourage us to live His way because it’s so much better than our way. We need to become humble, and accept that we don’t know best. Each day we have some decisions to make. Will we live by our own desires, or live according to the instructions God’s given us in the Bible? Will we go according to our own thinking, or submit ourselves to the rule and the leading of the Holy Spirit who lives within us? The psalmist wrote: ‘I have chosen to be faithful; I have determined to live by your regulations.’ It’s not always easy. Paul said: ‘I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it’ (Romans 7:15 NLT). We can feel like that too. But when our heart’s in the right place, God will forgive us and help us follow Him.
Tell God about any times this week when you know you didn’t do what was right. Pray for the strength to obey His commands.
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