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Obedience of Love
Greg Renfroe, Youth Leader

Verse:
 

"What I mean, brothers, is that the time is short." 1 Corinthians 7:29"Don't you know that when you offer yourselves to someone to obey him as slaves, you are slaves to the one whom you obey--whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?" Romans 6:16

 
Lesson:
 

As a police dog trainer, I have trained my partner just like I train my children. To obey without question, in trust, to every request made of them by me. Why? I don't make my dog sit EVERY time for man's benefit. I don't make my dog stay in a down postion for EVER how long I ask because I am cruel. Instead, I do it for love....

I love my partner and trust in his abilities. His nose, ears, eyes and teeth. God gave him to me to care for and work with. But there are dangers and snares at every corner.

Why should he have to sit and not even have to think about it when I say the word? Let's say he has gotten away from me and is chasing a cat or a rabbit out into the road. When I say "sit" and he does, I will have kept him from harm, from getting hit by a car, catching some disease when he catches the animal and maybe even getting injured by that other creature of God. I love him and much the same way I love my son and try to teach him that drugs are bad, fire is hot.

This is the same LOVE that God has for each of us, his children. He doesn't want little robots that operate on auto-pilot all the time, but wants to see us live and be a part of our lives.

His love for us knows no bounds and a little obedience for our own good can't be a bad thing.

 
Prayer:
 
"God, let us learn that your commands are given in love. And that through Jesus' love for us, we obey willingly. Becoming your children of love rather than slaves to sin." Amen

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