It’s interesting that our culture has come to put such a negative connotation on certain words. For instance, ‘authority’ and ‘submission.’
Now those weren’t meant to be ‘bad’ words. Authority was know to mean a ‘cherished right’ and submission was a ‘glad yielding.’
It’s funny, we don’t seem to have such a problem with them as long as we have the authority and others are submissive. We just don’t want to turn it around.
Another word we seem to bristle at is the word “commandment.” And that’s strange, because the first 10 were given as a way for God to lavish His love on those who obeyed Him. That was good news the Israelites could use!
But God, in His goodness, didn’t just stop with 10. He continued to give us commandments and promises of end results if we would obey. Consider these delightful commandments in Philippians.
“Always be full of joy in the Lord, I say it again, Rejoice!
Don’t worry about anything. Instead pray about everything.
Tell God your needs and don’t forget to thank Him for His answers.
Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right.
Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine good things in others.
Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about.”
And what’s the promise given for our obedience? The Apostle Paul says: “If you do these things, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and hearts quiet and at rest as you trust Christ Jesus.”
Now in today’s push and shove, stressed-out world, that sounds like an awfully good trade.
If we rejoice, no matter what, trust God to handle all our worries, think only about good, pure and lovely things; and praise God for all these things — He will keep our thoughts and hearts quiet and restful. Wow!
Now that’s Good News You Can Use!