Posted by: Brian Musser | February 19, 2013

Obedience and Love Are Connected

35 Days Toward PEACE – Week 4 Discipleship (Day 25)

The goal of this devotional is to develop the spiritual disciplines and habits over the next 35 days that will allow the PEACE of Jesus Christ to change our lives for the better.  Is that what you want?  Are you willing to join me in the journey?

As we continue to develop our daily conversation with God we are going to spend this week talking about becoming more like Christ.  The “C” in PEACE is fro the Challenge to be like Christ.  Becoming like Christ is process mediated by the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives.  As we open ourselves up to the God’s work in our lives and the Holy Spirit gains more and more access to the whole of who we are, we change.  We become more like Christ.  A daily part of our process should be evaluating where we are as it come to our “Christ-like-ness.”  How are you doing?  what specific part of you are you trying to change to look more like Him?  Over the next seven days we are going to look at Christ, what it means to be “Christ-like,” look at specific things that need to change in us and focus our prayers around those changes.

1 John 2:3 (NIV) We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.

1 John 2:28-3:3 (NIV) And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.  If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.  See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.  Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.  All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

1 John 3:18 (NIV) Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

1 John 5:2-3 (NIV) This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.  In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands.  And his commands are not burdensome, 

As you read through the selected verse above from John’s first letter, hopefully you noticed how interconnected loving God and keeping his commands were.  Our hope is that someday we will be Christ-like.  We want to be like Christ because we love God.  We show our love for God by keeping His commands.  Keeping His commands helps us become Christ-like.  Are there things that you know God wants you to do, commands that have been given in the Bible that you are not doing?  Are there things that God doesn’t want you to do that you are doing?

Watch the following YouTube video by the artist Flame.  Sing along if you want to but use the words of the song either vocally or mentally and commit to following God’s commands closer.

After reading the verses and watching the video remember Christ’s Sacrifice as you approach the Lord in prayer.

  1. Praise God for who He is.
  2. Ask God to forgive you for not obeying His command.
  3. Ask God to help you in a specific area to become more like Christ.
  4. Ask God to bless others.
  5. Thank God for His forgiveness and His unfathomable love.
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