Bearing Fruit

“Blessed are they who keep His statutes and seek Him with all their heart.” -Psalm 119:2

This verse is similar to the previous. We who keep God’s statutes (His commands) are blessed. But how do we keep them? Like the psalmist says in verse 1, those who walk in God’s ways are blessed. Our lives bear fruit of the commitment we have to the Lord. Whatever or whomever we love will be apparent in our actions, speech and thoughts. You and I cannot be sinless, perfectly keeping God’s law, which is why Jesus came. Yet our character is consistent with whom? As a child of God or a beast of Satan? Not that we are saved by our good works, but the visible signs point to the transformation of our inner man hidden to all but God. In a sermon I heard yesterday the preacher said the work of Christ in us precedes the work we do for Him, never the other way around.

So bear fruit because of the salvific work Christ has done for you. If we truly love Him, we will obey His commands (John 14:15). God is faithful to help His children walk in obedience in the power of His Spirit, who dwells in the heart of every redeemed sinner. Where does one start to learn what God’s statutes are? By seeking the Lord through His Holy Word. God is faithful to reveal Himself to those who search with all sincerity and desire.

Grace upon grace,

April

Grow deeper: Matthew 7:15-29; Ephesians 2:8-10; Philippians 2:12-13

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