God's word in today's world

Remember and do

Although it was no easy task to raise six children, my parents did it. There were rules to maintain order and if you crossed the line, there were consequences. And so, after a transgression we’d quickly run to my mum for a hiding. She couldn’t actually give a real hiding, but when my dad heard we’ve been punished already, he wouldn’t do it again. We were very grateful for that, since we suspected he had a degree in hiding.

Through it all we learnt right from wrong. We learnt which road was the best to take and from which ones you should rather stay away. Today that is the foundation of our lives. Without realising it, the foundations that our parents lay in our lives remain the foundations for our actions even today.

So we learnt what is right and wrong in the eyes of the Lord. The right way was taught to us at Sunday School, youth camps and in church. We were shaped through the years and we learnt how to walk God’s road. For most of us, therefore, the following is true: 2You know the guidelines we laid out for you from the Master Jesus…

Yes, in a way God made it happen that we were guided to where we are today, knowing how we must live. Every time we stand in front of a wrong door and want to open it, a small voice inside quickly stops us. Too bad that we sometimes don’t listen to that small voice. Afterwards, as we lick our wounds, we regret not listening to that small voice.

The Living Bible adds the following phrase to verse 2, something that could’ve been repeated right from verse 1: … live more and more closely to that ideal.

It’s so obvious. It’s no use having all the knowledge if we don’t do anything about it. How stupid can it be to know what is right and what is wrong, and still choosing to do wrong. But we do it all the time. We choose to do the wrong thing and before we know it, we’re licking our wounds and feeling sorry for ourselves. We cannot escape the remains of our sinful nature.

Maybe we should team up with a friend. Maybe we should go and reveal that weak spot in our armour to someone, the one you alone know about, so that they can help you do what you learnt to do.

Not easy, no, but God will help us remember what He taught us and to make it part of our lives.


1 Thessalonians 4:1-8


Can you remember what you’ve learned?

Do you do it?

With whom do you have to share something?


Jesus, thank you for your Holy Spirit who is always there to help me do the right thing. Please help me not to listen to my sinful nature, but rather to obey when your Spirit leads me on the right path. Amen.

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