Sunday Scripture ~ Proverbs 3:1, 2

“My son, do not forget my law,
But let your heart keep my commands;
For length of days and long life
And peace they will add to you.”   (Proverbs 3:1, 2)

Obedience from the heart is the first evidence of belonging. We don’t remember God’s laws and keep his commandments in order to become God’s children. Our perfect and holy Parent longs for obedience that flows from and provides evidence for a relationship of love and trust. 

Certainly, we want our children to get along with others, obey house rules, and be kind to their siblings, but unless their good behavior flows from a desire to please God and to live in right relationship with him, we’re just producing a generation of rule-followers.

This Sunday, let’s commit ourselves to obedience that flows from a desire to please our Father and to live in right relationship with him.

Ever trusting for grace,

10 thoughts on “Sunday Scripture ~ Proverbs 3:1, 2”

  1. So many people feel left out, on the outside looking in – because they don’t want the “House Rules” – but they want the benefits. It is a covenant – this belonging. I’ve lived thinking I didn’t really belong to Him – that I wasn’t good enough – I am so glad He opened my eyes to what is is to belong to Him!

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  2. Obedience that flows out of love and trust is so much easier and more pleasant than rule-following. And God comes to us and makes his home with us as a result (John 14:23)! Thank you for a worthy focal-point, Michele, as we commit ourselves (again!) to obedience.

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    1. So important for us to remember that the Bible is a book about God–not a rule book, not a book about “us,” nor a book of heroes to make us feel small. As we read about God and his character, the Spirit makes application to our own following life.
      Since God is ______________, how should I also be?

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  3. I just realized I hadn’t seen anything from your blog all week, so I came by to see if I had missed an announcement about a break. I didn’t see one, but I hope you’re just taking some time off for summer pursuits and nothing’s wrong.

    I had not thought of obedience connected with belonging, but it’s true. Some rules of the house apply when other kids are here, but they’re made for my own. And the reminder to obey from a heart of love rather than just being a rule-follower is so needed.

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    1. Thanks for missing me! I was at a teen ministry training camp for ten days, and decided to just take a break from everything else.
      Incidentally, that’s a great place to be reminded of the importance of rules and obedience!

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