Monday, June 4, 2007

Bits & Pieces: Obedience (5)

"The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you," (Philippians 4:9).

* Obedience produces peace, and inner serenity. Though often not pleasurable, obedience is spiritually satisfying. As we practice biblical truth, our consciences are cleansed, our hearts are purified, and there comes the joy of knowing our Lord is pleased.

* The single command Paul gives in this verse is to practice the truth. The emphasis is on obedience as an ongoing response to revelation. As we make obedience a habit, the inner serenity of God Himself will sustain our joy.

* Paul's exhortation to practice the truth comes from the awareness that obedience heightens our sensitivity to the God of peace. So many times our inability to enjoy His nearness stems from some area of disobedience in our lives. Upon repentance and restoration, there returns the joyful awareness that our Lord is pleased.

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