Great peace comes from having nothing to hide. Do you have anything you are hiding from others? from the LORD?
17 Do not let your heart envy sinners [or sinful ways], but always be zealous for the fear of the LORD [holding Him in high esteem]. 18 There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off [ because of sinful ways].
“You can fool all the people some of the time and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” – Abraham Lincoln.
Whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be shouted from the housetops for all to hear! Luke 12:3
7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:7-9
Great peace also comes to those who do not lie because he doesn’t have to remember what he said, but relies on the truth, which does not change.
Great peace comes, as well, to those who complete their duties. Waking up in a panic over something left undone is a poor way to live.
What is your motivation for doing good? Is it to please the Father? Then, what is your motivation for pleasing Him? Salvation? Gratitude? Piety (see how good I am)? I pray that it’s gratitude for all Christ has done for us! We have about as much to do with our salvation as a person does in having his appendix out. The patient signs a consent form and then wakes up after the surgery is done. It’s the same with salvation! We give God the go-ahead and then Christ enters our lives and takes up residence; the Holy Spirit replaces our cold, stony hearts with a brand new, living heart; we are born again! He gives us a new love. He does it all for us!
With the Spirit comes new desires. One of these desires is to please the Father. Our “fear of the LORD” is in knowing that He can send us to hell–but He won’t because of the blood of Christ. God loves us because we love His Son, His One and only Son.
Today, as often as you think about it, tell God the Father, “Thank You for my LORD Jesus.” You will feel His love, peace and joy wash down over you. It’s a great feeling not having to worry about what God thinks of us!
Abba, thank You for my LORD Jesus. I am grateful for the salvation I have in Him. Thank You for the presence of Your Holy Spirit in my life. May I become increasingly aware of Him. May He coach me in godliness and righteousness. Make me to be JUST LIKE JESUS. Amen.