To remember is good when what we are remembering is true, honest, just, pure, worthy of a good report, and lovely. As a Grami, I want my grandsugars to remember the things I have taught them. These are the things I pray they will always remember. And I hope all who read this will as well.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8
“Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me. Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.” 2 Peter 1:13-15
Remember to Love the Lord with your whole heart.
If you do, then obedience to Him—-to His Word—will become paramount since that is the way that we show Him we love Him. This encompasses the first four of God’s top ten commandments: 1) Have no other gods before Me 2) Make no idols 3) Not take His name in vain and 4) Keep the Sabbath day holy.
“If ye love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15
Remember to Honor your parents.
This is His fifth commandment: Honor your father and your mother. These are the two people God used in creating you. They are the ones who love us more than anyone else. When we were infants, they fed us, clothed us, and kept us alive, As we grew, they taught us to talk and walk then later, kept us safe until we were old enough to take care of ourselves. And the first with a promise: that we will live a long life. There’s no way to repay them, but we can honor them.
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise; That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.” Ephesians 6:1-3
“If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.” Deuteronomy 21:18-21
OUCH, take a rebellious son to be stoned? Seems a little drastic, but does God change?
“For I am the Lord, I change not;” Malachi 3:6
Notice there are no qualifiers. It doesn’t say if they are always perfect parents who do no wrong. Or if they are not drunks or on drugs or whatever. I also find it interesting that children are not commanded to love their parents—-we’d think that would come naturally—-but only to honor and obey them.
Remember to Love others.
Loving others as we love ourselves covers God’s last five commandments: 6) Don’t murder 7) Don’t commit adultery 8) Don’t steal 9) Don’t bear false witness and 10) Don’t covet.
“A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” John 13:34-35
“This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.” John 15:12
“Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;” Romans 12:10
“Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.” Romans 13:8
“But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.” 1 Thessalonians 4:9
“Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, seethat ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:” 1 Peter 1:22
“Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.” 1 John 4:7
“No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.” 1 John 4:12
So, only three important things to remember then, Love God, honor and obey parents, and love each other. That doesn’t sound too hard, does it. I believe we can do it!
Isn’t our Father an awesome God?
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