1 Corinthians 7 Lesson

Obeying God's Commandments

KEEPING GOD’S COMMANDMENTS

How do we show Jesus that we love Him? That is an important question for Christians to think about. Fortunately for us, Jesus gives us the answer, Himself, in the Gospel of John. Jesus said:

  • “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” – John 14:15.

That is a straightforward statement from our Lord and Savior.

The Apostle Paul and King Solomon also weighed in on the importance of keeping God’s commandments in the following two scriptures:

  1. “What matters is the keeping of the commandments of God.”1 Corinthians 7:19,
  2. “The conclusion, when everything has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.” Ecclesiastes 12:13.

The scriptures tell us repeatedly how important it is to obey Bod’s God’s commandments. As Jesus said, it is how we show Him that we love Him, and we know from the following scripture that loving God is the most important commandment in the Bible:

  • “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”  And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment.” – Mathew 22:36-38.

LEARNING GOD’S COMMANDMENTS

It stands to reason that we cannot keep God’s commandments until we know what they are. The only way to do this is through consistent Bible study. Some people have said that they live their lives using a moral compass of what “feels right” to guide their decisions. They try to do the right thing, but are they pleasing God?

Consider the following scripture:

  • “There is a way which seems right to a person, but its end is the way to death." – Proverbs 14:12.

This scripture makes it clear that the only way to know that we are right with God is to read the Bible and apply what we have learned.

No, the only way to understand what God says is right and what is wrong is to read the Bible.  As we grow in our faith through the studying of His Word, we should constantly challenge ourselves to apply what we have learned. We can read about the importance of acting on our faith in the book of James: 

  • “What use is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him?  If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?  In the same way, faith also, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.” – James 2:14-17.

LEARN THE BIBLE

The Bible is so much more than just an interesting book to read. It is:

  1. The inspired Word of God,
  2. Our moral compass,
  3. Our “true north.”

Once we understand this, our lives should be forever changed. As Christians, we are to work hard to live our lives being obedient to God’s commands. This does not mean that we will live the rest of our lives without sin.  That is what we strive for, but we are all going to make mistakes and do things that we regret.  The Apostle Paul wrote about this in his letter to the Romans:

  • “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus.” – Romans 3:23-24.

BE AWARE OF OUTSIDE INFLUENCES

If God’s voice were the only voice that we heard, it might be easier to avoid temptation and sin.  But that is not the case! We live in a world that is constantly telling us that we “need” something.   

The world promotes things like:

  • Wealth,
  • Power,
  • Success,
  • And prestige.

 And whether we want to be or not, we are all influenced by what we see and hear. If we are not careful, it is easy to fall victim to a “S.N.I.O.P.” 

    The acronym, “S.N.I.O.P.” stands for:

    • Susceptible to the
    • Negative
    • Influence of 
    • Other  pe ople.

    One of the biggest influencers in the world today is social media. According to Smart Insights:

    • “58.4% of the world's population uses social media. The average daily usage is 2 hours and 27 minutes.” (source: Smart Insights)

    That is a lot of influence pulling us in the direction of the world, away from God.

    BE WILLING TO SACRIFICE

    When we make the decision to follow Jesus, we make a commitment to live life differently than we have in the past. Instead of living to satisfy our own desires and ambitions, we live to serve others and to glorify God.

    Jesus said:

    • “If anyone wants to come after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” – Luke 9:23.

    In other words, we no longer just do whatever we want to do. Our life will have purpose!

    Paul said in his letter to the Romans that we will walk in newness of life!

    • Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” – Romans 6:4.

    We will suffer adversity and we will have tough times. But in the end, it will be worth it!

    • “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” - Romans 8:18.

    CONCLUSION 

    The best way to show Jesus how much we love Him is to keep His commandments. To do this, we must commit ourselves to regular Bible study and apply what we have learned.

    As our knowledge of the Bible increases, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, our focus will shift from our own selfish desires to serving others and glorifying God. This will give our lives a new sense of purpose and fulfillment.

    Being a Christian involves sacrifice and a change in perspective. Instead of living only for ourselves, we live to serve others and to glorify God.

    We will end today’s study with the following two scriptures:

    1. “If you are willing and obedient, you will eat the best of the land.” - Isaiah 1:19,
    2. “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him.”- John 14:23.

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    QUESTION: How do we show our neighbor that we love them?

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    Phyllis Stockstill

    Great reminder that to truly follow the Commandments, we should keep them in mind by reading the Bible.

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    QUESTION: How do we show our neighbor that we love them?

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    Marcos Nogueira
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    I think that in two stages, Jesus taught "love your neighbor as yourself", I need to understand and value myself, knowing that I am the work of the Creator, learn to value myself and as Jesus teaches, love myself. If I value myself, I will give the same value to my neighbor, being a reference and example, doing for others what I would like them to do for me.

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    Michael

    Loving our neighbor means to put there needs ahead of our own. I think it is important to pay attention to those that we come in contact with. There is a reason God brings people in and out of our lives. If we notice an opportunity to do something nice for somebody, or pleasantly surprise them, or build them up, we should take it. As we plant the seeds, others will water, and God will ultimately provide the increase!

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    Drexel Deal

    A happy Easter to all. I concur with the points already brought out. As to the question, how do we love our neighbor?
    Loving our neighbors is best shown in our actions. We treat people the way we would want to be treated. We speak to people the way we would want to be spoken too. We reach out to others in need, the way we would want to be reached out too when we’re in need; and we all will have a need at some point in our lives. As I would like to be respected by others, then it’s important for me to show them that level of respect first.

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