Obedience Pleases the Lord

May 29, 2013 | Tags: ,

Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.

-Colossians 3:20

Yesterday, I meditated on the subject of obedience. Isn’t it interesting that our sin nature sees obedience as chaining us down, when in reality, obedience to the Lord is what sets us free? Satan will say, “You don’t have to follow the rules. You can do whatever you want! Who are they to tell you what to do?” Ah, the Father of Lies. That’s all he can do–lie. Not one word is true.

Jesus says, “If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32). As we grow in our spiritual maturity, Satan begins to lose his grip on the lie of disobedience. We begin to see, and long for, obedience to God’s commands because we know it not only pleases the Lord, but it gives us amazing peace.

My husband and I are sticklers for obedience in our children. God has given us amazing grace and energy to keep on keeping on when it comes to disciplining our children. Parents know this is a full-time job in itself, especially to do it right as the Lord would have us discipline our children. God had me realize something very early on in parenting–if my children cannot obey me and my husband, whom they can see, how will they ever learn to obey God, whom they cannot see? The greatest goal I have for my children is to love the Lord with all their hearts, demonstrating a love for Jesus through obedience to His commands. In this, no matter what they do, they will live the abundant life that Jesus promises to those who love Him and follow Him.

It’s a simple concept to say but takes a lifetime to practice–It will always go well when you obey God, and it will always go badly when you disobey God. I say it to my kids all the time. And I pray for them, for myself, for my husband, and for our entire Body of Christ, that we will learn obedience to the Lord brings us blessing, and disobedience to the Lord will bring us pain. Which will you choose today?

By Courtney Silberman

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