For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments
1 John 5:3

When we are obedient, we show God that we love Him and have more faith in Him than we do in ourselves. To obey God means to relinquish hat we want and to choose to do what He asks.  God requires the obedience of His followers, and Jesus placed great importance on it.  He asked, "Why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord' and not do the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46).  And He issued this challenge: "If you love Me, keep My commandments".
 (by Cindy Hess Kasper)

This doesn't mean just following Him on Sundays or when we feel like it, it means (in this very modern term) 24/7 - every single day. However so many, including myself, will say, this little diversion won't hurt - God won't notice.  But He does.  He can see all.  So, unlike when I was a child and could occasionally get up to mischief and my mother remained completely unaware of my naughtiness, God was and is always aware of what I am up to.  All those sinful books I read late at night when I thought no one was looking - God was looking.  I cannot partake of sin and not be seen.  

There is no hiding.  

In all we do, follow God and keep his commandments.

To say we follow Jesus Christ
Without attempting to obey
Reveals our lack of faith that He
Will lead us right in every way.

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  1. This is so true Jo... we are naked before Him really. And I am so blessed by that fact. It makes one think twice before doing this and that, or speaking things we shouldn't.

    Beautiful picture too... flowers are such a beautiful part of His creation, that brighten my day.

  2. This is a wonderful reminder, Jo. I shared what you wrote with my children, and Dolly asked me to tell you that she liked what you wrote. :) Sometimes when we do wrong things, we keep looking around to see if someone's watching, or we feel like someone's watching us, and we forget that looking around the room (or wherever) is useless, because even when no person is watching us, God is!

  3. Jo,

    I don't think you could have made this any plainer.

    Your post reminds me of a passage from Ecclesiastes 8:11 (Living Bible): "Because God does not punish sinners instantly, people feel it is safe to do wrong." We think we are "getting away" when we don't follow the Lord, but in reality, like you mentioned, He sees all and therefore, we cannot hide.

    Thank you for this humbling reminder.

    -Lady Rose

  4. Amen! You nailed it when you said;
    This doesn't mean just following Him on Sundays or when we feel like it, it means (in this very modern term) 24/7 - every single day.

    24/7 is the only way to fly! :-)


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