Devotion for Tuesday, March 23, 2021

“Honor your father and mother (which is the first commandment with a promise), so that it may be well with you, and that you may live long on the earth” (Ephesians 6:2-3).

God did not make the ten suggestions but the Ten Commandments.  Jesus died for our sin, not to do away with the law.  It is about fulfilling the law.  Yes, we are in grace, but this does not release us from seeking to fulfill the law.  Come then and learn what this means.  Learn how to be obedient to the Lord in and through all things.  Be guided by His goodness and mercy.  Know that in the Lord you learn how to live life.

Lord, I follow this world sometimes and do not follow through with what You are teaching me.  This is not a matter of taking certain steps, but about learning characteristics that are those of Jesus.  Teach me how to be obedient in all things Lord so that I may be conformed to the image of Christ.  Guide me to see that in You alone is the only hope to be able to move forward in this life.

Lord Jesus, You have come both to give the grace we need and provide the model of the godly life.  Lead me, O Lord, that I may be guided in Your grace and mercy to become obedient.  Teach me what this means and then enable me to do this without overlooking it.  In and through all things, continue to conform me to Your image so that I may become a child of the Heavenly Father.  Amen.