“I will never forget Your precepts, for by them You have preserved my life.” -Psalm 119:93

Precepts are man’s moral obligations as we are joined with God. Christians represent Christ and therefore imitate His character, following God’s command to be good stewards of all He has given us (Genesis 1:26-28). Yet one of the greatest snares to holy living is forgetfulness. I forget every day where I placed my phone or if I responded back to a text. But spiritual amnesia is far worse. Think of how many times in Scripture the Lord commands His people to “Remember”. The psalmist declares he will not forget God’s precepts. Like Christian in Pilgrims’s Progress, when we step off the narrow path forgetting how God has called us to live, we are headed down the wide road of destruction, and just might end up in the clutches of one Giant Despair! God’s commands are for our own good. They keep us from destroying ourselves, preserve our souls, and sustain consecrated holiness.

On this side of the cross, you and I have the privilege of remembering what Christ has done for sinners and sufferers. We remember the bloody cross and God’s mercy. We remember that Jesus paid the believer’s sin debt once and for all. We remember Who we belong to. We remember that this place is not our home but Jesus is preparing a place for us with Him. We remember and believe and do not despair. The Gospel saves our souls, allowing us to live out the precepts God graciously provides for His children. 

Grace upon grace,


Growing deeper: 1 Peter 1:1-21

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