Here’s how we can be sure that we know God in the right way:
Keep his commandments. John 2:2-3
Growing up, there were many things that I chose not to do
simply because I knew my parents, especially my dad, would be hurt if I did
them. It wasn't
that I thought my dad
would not love me if I did them; I just did not want to cause my dad shame or
pain. A few months ago, some friends
went to a club. Later another mutual
friend if I went with them to the club.
The rest of the group laughed and said, “No, she’s a
goody-two-shoe”. Perhaps I should have
been offended, but I wasn't. We’re all
friends, and I knew that they meant.
There are many things that I choose not to do because I love God. I know that God will still love me even if I
choose to participate in drunkenness, or do something immoral, or take part in
any other lust of the flesh. I would not
cease to be a Christian because I did any of those things. So, why do I choose not do some of the things
that even other Christians would have no problem with? The answer is simple. I love God.
Let me repeat that, I love God!!
Because I love God, I want to please him. I do not want to cause him to be disappointed
in me; by the things I do. Because I
love God, I will gladly submit to the law, The Ten Commandments. I do it because I know it pleases God; not
because it can make me a Christian. It’s
a tangible way for me to say, “God, I love you. You are my life.” Friends how much do you love God? Do you love him so much that you will not
take part in sin because it offends Him? For me, I will choose to live a life that pleases God. Will you?
You're old-fashioned! My children would snark it at me when they were growing up. Usually, it was because I would not let them go to a party, or wear something or watch a movie that, in my opinion, was inappropriate. I've had it thrown at me at other times and places too. At work, when I won't go out drinking. or participate in casual flirting. Other times I hear it when I insist on being honest even though it makes things harder. I would be lying to say that it never bothers me. It hurts. But, when I'm honest with myself, I am old-fashioned. If by "old-fashioned" you mean that I will not live with a man that is not my husband, then I am definitely old-fashioned. If by "old-fashioned" you mean that I believe you can have fun without alcohol then I am positively old fashioned. If by "old-fashioned” you mean that I will not knowingly lie or cheat, I am busted. If you mean that I treat people fairly. Convicted If you mean that I believe that there is only one way …
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15
and makes us glad,
Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. Psalms 95:2 causing our generosity to overflow to those around us. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 2…