I was thinking about God’s commands today.
Did you know God commands us to follow His commands?
(If you love me keep my commandments. John 14:15)
He doesn’t suggest we forgive someone who wrongs us,
He commands us to forgive.
(Bear with each other and forgive one another if any
of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the
Lord forgave you.
He doesn’t suggest we live pure lives, He commands us
to be pure.
(As obedient children do not conform to the evil desires
you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as He who
called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written:
‘Be holy, because I am holy. 1 Peter 1:14-16)
He doesn’t suggest us to praise Him, no, He commands us to
(The people whom I formed for Myself will declare My
praise. Isaiah 43:21)
I could go on and on but you get the picture. There is so much
God has commanded us to do.
But that word, “command” isn’t a word we like too much.
It’s so abrupt, so definite so final!
When we hear the word command walls come up. A lot of people
have commanded us before and it wasn’t a pleasant experience.
So when we hear, God commands, the defenses are raised
But I want to show you what God showed me about His commands.
When God commands, it’s not because He is drunk on power and
wants us to feel His awesomeness!
He doesn’t command for the sake of making life hard for us like
others have done.
He is God and not man.
When God commands, He has our well being in mind.
Let me show what I mean.
This is a command. When you see the sign you know exactly
what it means.
This is not a suggestion. They are commanding you to keep
out because they know the danger it will cause to you.
That sign was made with you in mind. It’s a way of protecting you.
And when you see it you don’t complain because you know it’s to
keep you safe.
When a parent commands their child not to talk to strangers
it’s not because they love making things hard for their child,
but it’s to protect them.
It’s out of love they command their child!
And that is how we need to look at God’s commands.
He has you and me in mind when He commands. It’s because
He loves us, that He commands us.
We need to stop fighting His commands.
I was fighting one this week. I had an argument with someone
and instead of forgiving them
I brought up reasons why I shouldn’t. I tried to justify myself but
that’s not what God commands.
He commands us to forgive as He has forgiven us. It’s not because
He enjoys seeing me in pain but
because He wants to see me grow and move to another level in my
walk with Him.
Are you obeying His commands?
Do you try to run away from the things He has commanded you?
We have an opportunity to do the right thing.
His commands are for our benefit.
He commands because He loves us deeply.
Bless you friends