We’ve done the parenting thing (four children of our own)… and watched a lot of other people do it (some more successfully than others) and I can tell you EVERY child has to learn OBEDIENCE! Some find it easier than others, but every child has to learn it. If they don’t learn it, they have a long, difficult, road ahead of them!
Children of God with a Heavenly Father have to learn it too! Thought of that this morning as I read 1 John 2.3-6 in the Bible…
“We know that we have come to know Him if we keep His commands. Whoever says, “I know Him,” but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys His word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in Him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.” (NIV)
I’ve been “born again” through faith in Christ. I’m a child of God. I’ve got a wonderful, loving Heavenly Father. I want to please Him, but there’s something in me I wrestle with… SELF-WILL! Every child of God has to learn it – obedience… Take it from me, I’m working on it – I know you are too! He’s patient! And a wonderful, loving, Heavenly Parent! He’ll help us learn it (and He’s not afraid of DISCIPLINE… lovingly administered, but DISCIPLINE, never-the-less (check out Hebrews 12:5-11)!