Ron Witbeck: Obedience, guilt and love

By Ron Witbeck

Associate Pastor, Resurrection Life Church

Obedience is something we’ve learned since childhood, or we should have! Instructions from parents are intended to protect their children because of the love for them, but as they grow older, into the teen years, it can seem more like wanting to be in control, limiting their quest for new freedoms. This can sometimes lead to acts of rebellion, or can cause a breakdown in communication and confusion. They may then find themselves reaching outside of the family circle for the opinions of others.

If not handled correctly at this point it could escalate into feelings of guilt, resentment, or a painful separation within the family. We can see the consequences of this only too well in our world today, as an observation only, not allowing it to turn into a situation of judgement.

So, now let’s take a serious look within our own lives, where God wants our obedience. Maybe sometimes we find ourselves wanting to follow our own desires, attempting to find the pleasures of the flesh.

We only have to look at the results of drifting away from God’s guidance by allowing our thoughts to wonder. Adam and Eve experienced it while listening to the devil, who deceived them to go away from obedience of God to lust, Genesis 3:4-5;

“‘You won’t die!’ the serpent hissed. ‘God knows that your eyes will be opened when you eat it. You will become just like God, knowing everything, both good and evil.'” (NLT)

They had up to this point walked daily with God; however, they now have a completely different perspective of life. They began fearing God, thinking they could hide themselves from Him, and instead found separation. We also, when we feel a conviction of disobedience, will at times feel we are unworthy of God’s love. We may even want to justify our actions. Some may be in denial because of their own self-justification!

Even in our everyday attempts to stay righteous, we are sure in some way to slip, looking to Scripture 1 John 1:8-10;

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” (NKJV)

Let’s enjoy the ‘Peace of our Lord’ because of His love for us and by our confession it sets us free! Ours is to love one another, for as God loves us, 1 John 4:7-11;

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” (NKJ)

As Jesus said, “the truth will set you free.” That truth is accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Enjoy and continue your walk with our Heavenly Father!

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