Mark 12:29-30 – And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
Have you ever looked back on one of your YESTERDAYS with a reason to regret the memory of it? Have you ever come to a TODAY after a regretful yesterday because of something you did, or did not, do? I have. And I can tell you, “I didn’t like it.” There is nothing pleasant about it. Oh, but how thankful I am that my Father has made a provision for my life by which I can live without having to regret a single yesterday. That provision is so simple, and yet to many people, it seems such a remote possibility. The provision is this . . . OBEY GOD TODAY.
Think very seriously about what I now write. God’s Word defines the love of God has KEEPING His commandments. Jesus said that if we loved Him, we should keep His commandments. Jesus also called that action the state of being wise. Without faith we cannot please Father, and faith worketh by love. So, another Biblical way of saying OBEY GOD is to say WALK IN THE AGAPE LOVE OF GOD. Those two terms are absolutely synonymous. They mean the same thing. Nether of the two terms is anything to do with feelings, but with a disciplined choice made by a believer. Now, I can assure you that when you OBEY GOD, or WALK IN THE AGAPE LOVE OF GOD, you WILL experience some feelings, but feelings have never been, are not now, nor will they ever be God’s yardstick for walking in love.
Imagine living ONE DAY walking in complete obedience of the Lord. Just ONE DAY. To do that means you have lived ONE DAY in full compliance with Father’s Word for your life. Just ONE DAY. Think of this. When a baby is born, all things being equal, the day will come when he walks. That means that before he walks, he will take is first step. Taking one step does not mean he is walking, but it does mean he’s on his way to walking. At almost 72-years of age, I can clearly state I don’t’ remember my first step. But I do know how to walk, and can do so with no handicap. I have been practicing it daily for more than 71 years. But it began with one step, much stumbling and falling, then some occasional stumbles, then running, skipping, and jumping. I’ve never been a track star or a great jumper, though I can dance. But walking is a different matter. I do it well. Living without a single regret of yesterday is like learning to walk. Take it one day at a time. YOU CAN DO IT!
Manna for Today – Mark 12:28-34; Deuteronomy 6:5; Matthew 22:34-40; John 14:112-17; 1 John 5:3; Matthew 7:24-27; Galatians 5:6