Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Love Desires To Please






As the servant of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart.   (Ephesians 6:6)




If you truly love someone, you seek to please that person; to make that person happy.  The same is true with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  He confirms this when He said, if you love me you will keep my commandments.

If ye love me, keep my commandments.  John 14:15

Ø  Knowing God's will is important because we are commanded to know and do it:

Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. (Ephesians 5:17)

Ø   God desires our obedience to His will more than He desires our sacrifices or praise:

And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king.  (I Samuel 15:22-23)

Ø  God wants us to stand perfect and complete in His will:  

Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.   (Colossians 4:12)

Ø   Being obedient to God results in doctrinal soundness.  Jesus said:   

If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. (John 7:17)

If we do God's will as it is revealed to us, then you will develop spiritual maturity in judging sound doctrine. This will prevent us from being deceived by false teaching.

When we are obedient to the will of God, it results in answered prayer.  
When we are living in the will of God we can pray with confidence that our requests will be answered:

And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. (I John 3:22)

Now we know that God heareth not sinners; but if any man be a worshiper of God, and doeth His will, him He heareth. (John 9:31)

And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us. (I John 5:14)

Ø  Being obedient to the will of God brings spiritual blessings.  Spiritual blessings are promised if you do God's will:

For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.  (Hebrews 10:36)

                         Blessings will actually pursue us:

And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to serve and to do all His commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth; And all these blessing shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God. (Deuteronomy 28:1-2)

                         According to the word of God, obedience causes us to avoid chastisement.  Chastisement means discipline, reproof, and correction.  Those who deliberately turn away from God's revealed will are chastised:

But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee. (Deuteronomy 28:15)

And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of Him; For whom the Lord loveth, He chasteneth and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye are without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? (Hebrews 12:5-9)

                          Jesus also warned:

And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. (Luke 12:47)

Knowing God’s will is a serious matter for those who desire to live the abundant life and avoid chastisement.

Ø    Submission to the will of God results in success.  

One of the instructions given to Joshua when he assumed leadership of the nation of Israel was to keep the commandments of God and walk in His ways. If he did this, Joshua had this guarantee:

Then thou shalt make thy way prosperous and then thou shalt have good success. (Joshua 1:8)

Psalms also records that a man walking in God's way will be successful  

And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and "whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." (Psalms 1:3).

In a world filled with failure and defeat, knowing and doing the will of God is the secret to successful living.

Above all, we should be motivated to do God's will because we love Him. Love desires to please the object of that love:

He that hath my commandments and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me; and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. (John 14:21)

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. (John 14:23)





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