Lesson 6 - Maturing to Obey

  

1 Peter 1:22-23 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,...

Here is the process in which we have purified our souls, and this was accomplished through the simple act of obedience. When the season of time arrives that we begin to practice applying this principle to our lives, we will have already established the habit of obeying and listening to the Holy Spirit and applying what we have read and learned in the Word of God. This obedience was refined through reading and application of the truth of God’s Word to our lives on a daily basis. It also tells us that it is enabled and empowered by the Spirit through the love of others, not through the love of self. This principle helps keep our love fervent, and as we stay in the light that is shed by the Word into our hearts, we see the remaining result, which is a pure heart.

The result of new birth is an incorruptible life that is sealed in God, not in ourselves, and yields to the Word of God which is alive and active. It also abides forever and is thought of as being more valuable than gold, as well as being revered higher than God’s name. (Psalms 119:72; 89; Isaiah 40:8; Matthew 5:18; 24:35; 138:2; 2 Corinthians 1:21-22; Ephesians 1:12-13; 2 Timothy 2:19)

Psalms 119:127 Therefore I love Your commandments more than gold, yes, than fine gold!

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The Word will establish an unshakable foundation of faith and power within us and will do the work required to bless us and keep us. God and His grace are the only things that will continue to cause us to hunger and thirst for His righteousness. They alone will change our hearts and desires to be conformed to the image of His Son. Then and only then will His will be the desire of our hearts.

Ephesians 4:25-27 Therefore, putting away lying, "Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor," for we are members of one another. "Be angry, and do not sin": do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.

These verses tell us the value of having an honest relationship with our neighbors. Let’s look at lying for a moment.

Lying: That which is false or fake. It is untruthfulness, deception, misrepresentation, and/or exaggeration. A lie does three things. 1) It misrepresents the truth, and it camouflages or hides the truth. 2) Lying deceives a person. It leads a person astray. It causes us to deceive or manipulate to get what we want. We lie to seduce someone for our selfish gratification. We lie to cover up or hide something (self-preservation and self-reliance). It also causes harm or hurt. There is no such thing as a white lie or little itsy-bitsy lie. 3) Lying builds a wrong or false relationship, a faulty foundation, a relationship built upon sinking sand. Lying erodes and eventually destroys trust, confidence, love, assurance, security, hope, and lastly, faith. (1 Timothy 1:9-10)