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Obedience to God brings Harmony

Obedience to God Harmony

Look at this picture I took yesterday. These majestic feathers of clouds are singing the Glory of God. The nature is so beautiful and harmonious because of her complete obedience to the Creator. I believe that's the reason we feel good when we are in the nature.

Are you obedient to the Lord and do you submit to His will?

Speaking of Christ’s humility, Saint Paul writes that Jesus was obedient to God His Father “unto death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2.8). In truth, Jesus obeyed God in everything He did.

“For I have come down from heaven, not to do my will, but the will of Him who sent me. And this is the will of Him who sent me that I should lose nothing of all that He has given me, but raise it up on the last day” (John 6.38–39).

All that Jesus has and is, He has received from God the Father. From all eternity, the Son has listened to the Father in order to do His work and to accomplish His will.

We are called to submit humbly to the will of God. Saints were able to do miracles not because they did whatever they pleased but because they were humble and had complete obedience to the Lord.

We read in the book Psalms: “I delight to do Your will, O my God, and Your law is within my heart” (Psalm 40:8)

Picture Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. He knew He was going to be crucified, and He said these words: “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.” (Matthew 26:39). And with that statement he gave Himself to be our Redeemer and Savor, because this is His Father’s Divine Will.

Disobedience to God and His Son Jesus Christ is the source of all sin. Refusal to submit to God in all things is the cause of all sorrow and death. Those who hear the Gospel and fail to enter into the eternal rest of God, do so only “because of disobedience” (Hebrews 5–6, cf. Deuteronomy 4.29–31).

In Church Tradition, obedience is a basic virtue: obedience to the Lord, to the Gospel, to the Church (Mt 18.17), to the leaders of the Church (Hebrews 13.7), to one’s parents and elders, to “every ordinance of man” (1 Pet 2.13, Rom 13.1), “to one another out of reverence for Christ” (Ephesians 6.21).

There is no spiritual life without obedience, no freedom or liberation from sinful passions and lusts. To submit to God’s discipline in all of its human forms is the only way to obtain “the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Romans 8.21). God disciplines us as His children out of His great love for us. “He disciplines us for our good, that we might share His holiness” (Hebrews 12.3–11). Our obedience to God’s commandments and discipline is the exclusive sign of our love for Him and His Son.

Sometimes in life, God sends us down a path that takes us out of our comfort zone. If you follow His lead, He will lead you to experience His goodness and blessings. Your obedience and submission to God’s will eventually will bring you into a deeper and sweeter relationship with Him.

"They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. 24 Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me." (John 14.21–24).

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