Exhortations to Obedience

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Obedience

“The law was given by Moses but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). The law was truth but it was truth without grace. The believer is under grace and not under the law (Romans 6:14). However, he who loves the Lord will certainly want to do His will which is revealed by the law (vv. 1-2).

Loving kindness will demonstrate the truth while a judging spirit will keep the timid from receiving it (v. 3). Those who are obedient to God’s commands will find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man (v. 4). He that trusts in his own heart is a fool (Prov. 28:26) but happy is the man whose trust is in the Lord (vv. 5-6). Confidence in one’s own self is like sitting in a broken chair. God promises to guide those who put their utter confidence in Him. To be wise in our own eyes is the very opposite of “leaning not unto our own understanding (vv. 7-8).”

To be walking with the Lord and walking in that which His word condemns is impossible. The path of blessing is the path of obedience. Throughout this passage it has been made plain that the heart of a man’s wisdom is based upon a proper relationship to God (vv. 9-10). Correction is a vital part of discipline God doesn’t punish us because he enjoys inflicting pain but because He is deeply concerned about our development. He knows that in order to become morally strong we must learn the difference between right and wrong.. His loving discipline enables us to do that (vv. 11-12).

Application

If I refuse to repent when God identifies some sin in my life he may use guilt, crisis or some bad experience to bring me back to himself. Obedience is truly the very best way.

Proverbs 3:1-12 (English Standard Version)

My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. My son, do not despise the LORD's discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the LORD reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.

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