Essentials to right relationship 5


The next essential to right relationship with God is:

Submit

Let me say it again; you can surrender and not submit to authority. To truly submit is to make the Lords will yours giving up your hopes and dreams to follow His desires for your life. We show this in two way’s; by obeying him in the Command to love Him above all things, and Loving others the way He loves us. Jesus stated it like this:

Matt 22:37-39

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  38 This is the first and greatest commandment.

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 Jesus then compares another commandment to it.

Matt 22:39-40

39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’  40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

These two commandments are the basis of Holiness. For everything else is dependent upon this foundation. If we truly Love God we will grow daily in our hatred of sin, and to truly love our Neighbor means we will not be self centered. Paul expresses it like this: Rom 12:3

  For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one.

 And in this verse also: Rom 12:9-10

Love must be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good. 10 Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor.

If you put them together it would read like this:

For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one. Love must be without hypocrisy. Detest evil; cling to what is good.  Show family affection to one another with brotherly love. Outdo one another in showing honor.

    True submission means we seek the Will of our Authority and follow it regardless of the cost to ourselves. Jesus Christ is our Authority. So we must Surrender to His will by placing Him first above all other people or things, and then place others needs before ours. Imagine what a Christian marriage would look like if every Husband and Wife just practiced these two things?

We must not only surrender our lives, we must also submit to His rule.

Only after we have truly surrendered, and submitted to the Lord Jesus Christ are we able to stand. The next essential we will look at.

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