Daily Devotional John 14:23 Obedience Has Its Reward

“Jesus replied, If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My father will love him, and he will come to him and make our home with him.”

Lately, our father has been teaching me about obedience and gently reprimanding me when I fail to obey him. The lessons have been hard but necessary for my spiritual growth. In the word of Jesus is truth, light, and wisdom, if you think about it why wouldn’t we obey him? Well, its simple the flesh. The flesh is our worst enemy. It entices us to do things we know are wrong, but we do them for momentary pleasure although it can lead to severe consequences sometimes not just affecting us but others around us. Obedience is vital to our relationship with God. Have you noticed when you’re disobedient there is a space that forms between you and our father.  When I’m disobedient there is a cloud that darkens my day, I’m unsettled, and I feel the separation which is worse than anything. It takes repentance, prayer and a change of behavior or attitude for me to personally recover.

We learn to obey by studying his word. We can’t just read or memorize it but it has to become the living word within us, our compass. Our home isn’t in the flesh or the world it is with God. The world is temporary, but God’s kingdom is eternal. I’m trying to remember that when I have a choice to obey or disobey. Obedience requires us to completely surrender to God’s will and we may not always like it, I haven’t. But, we have to trust in him and have faith that he knows what is best for us. Obedience requires discipline and although not always easy it is always rewarding.

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