Only if we respect him and obey

Ps. 103:8-18 contains some of the most-quoted passages about God’s love and forgiveness.

v.8 — The LORD is merciful and gracious; he is slow to get angry and full of unfailing love.

v.9-10 —  He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever.  He has not punished us for all our sins, nor does he deal with us as we deserve.

v.11  — For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth.

v.12 —  He has removed our rebellious acts as far away from us as the east is from the west.

Have you ever noticed it is all predicated on his love for those who fear him, are faithful to his covenant, and obey his commands? We won’t experience one apart from the other.

I’m concerned that our churches are filled with people who “have no fear of God in their eyes,” (Romans 3:18) who don’t understand the inseparability of forgiveness and obedience. We preach only love and forgiveness, making obedience seem to be an option we then ought to choose.

This passage, however, says God extends love and forgiveness toward those who fear him, are faithful to his covenant, and obey his commands.

Advertisements

About Mark Kelly

Jesus follower, Bible reader, husband/father/son/brother/uncle, rider, hiker, snapshooter
This entry was posted in fear of God, obey God and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s