“Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you.”
Romans 16:7 (NLT)
At first glance we skip right to the word obey. So often our emphasis is on obedience to God’s word. But Paul added another word. As a Pharisee he knew what obedience to the law was. He also knew that Jesus was not satisfied with obedience alone. That is why he wrote, “Now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching.” Paul was rejoicing in their maturity, the fact that they were following God with their whole heart. Surrendering to God’s love and having a deep relationship with Him leads to following His word. In his book, “Surrender To Love” David Benner writes, “By contrasting obedience and surrender, I do not want to put too much distance between them. Those who surrender obey. But not all who obey surrender. – Christian obedience is more like what lovers give each other than what soldiers give their superiors. Lovers demonstrate their love by doing what each other wants. And so it should be with Christians and their God.” Today surrender to God’s love. Build a deep relationship with Him. When you do, you will find obedience to be a natural outflow of your love for Him.
Father, thank You for Your love. I want to surrender to this love. Help me know You, spend time with You and learn to completely trust You. Help me love You so I will naturally obey.
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