“If you love Me, keep My commandments”

What is God’s purpose for me? What is God’s will for my life?

Written by Josh Fitch
“If you love Me, keep My commandments”

God says, “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” John 14:15. God’s will is in His word, His commandments. In the new covenant, God writes His commandments in my heart, and, for the most part, these commandments have to do with my inner life, not my outward circumstances. In this way, whether I am married or single, no matter where I work or live—obedience to God’s Word is the most important thing.

Everyone has different abilities, which place him or her in different occupations and different walks of life, but whatever my situation, I am faced with my own will that goes against God’s word. God is looking for people who love Him enough to obey Him instead of doing their own will. Naturally, it is easy to be so concerned with what I am physically doing that I forget to obey God’s commandments.  For example, God commands me to put away “all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor and evil speaking…” Ephesians 4:31.  If, whether I am doing road-construction, flipping burgers, or providing life support for a gravely ill person, I get angry with my co-worker in the middle of it, I have come outside of God’s will.

God’s will is that I become free from my human nature, my own will, and to follow the commandments He writes in my heart. “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another…” Ephesians 4:32.  It isn’t my natural tendency, but God has commanded me to live like this—God’s will for me is a life where sin has no power over me!

It is impossible to do God’s will in my own strength, but when my whole heart’s desire is to obey His voice instead of my own, He is there, and He gives me power to carry out His will!

 

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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The New Covenant and the Mystery of Lawlessness

Written by Sigurd Bratlie

The New Covenant is a personal covenant that we make with God, in which we commit ourselves to obey all His will and in return He commits to equip us with everything we need to do this. The mystery of lawlessness is that most people explain away this part of the grace that Jesus delivered to us, and instead turn the grace of God into a license to sin.