“Five things we should not have to be told this year!”

Colossians 3:12-17

Verse 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 

The whole Christian life can be summed up in these five things that we should know without having to be exhorted, rebuked or threatened in any way.=

A CHRISTIAN SHOULD NOT HAVE TO BE TOLD TO LOVE GOD!

The Bible says in Romans 8:9, “If any man have not the spirit of Christ, he is none of His.”  

In 1 Corinthians 2:16 “We have the mind of Christ.”

In our text, “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”

In John 14:23, “Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”

Deuteronomy 6:5, “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”

Deuteronomy 11:1, “Therefore thou shalt love the LORD thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, alway.”

Matthew 22:37, “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.”

Mark 12:30, “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.”

Luke 10:27, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.”

Some carnal Christian might say, “Well, do you force yourself to love God?” No!

Paul said in Galatians 5:7, “Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?”

Loving God for the Christian ought to be as natural as flowing water. 

A CHRISTIAN SHOULD NOT HAVE TO BE TOLD TO FEAR GOD!

Proverbs 9:10, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.”

If your life is going to be well balanced it must be in the fear of God. The law of the harvest is sowing and reaping and we need to understand that we will reap what we sow, and this is where fear of the Lord takes over and we begin to discipline ourselves. The fear of God teaches us that godly living draws us closer to God Himself. This is the foundation that will help us to have the right attitude towards God and others.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

 

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