Is obedience to God really necessary, since I am saved by faith? - Obedience - TouchPoints

Is obedience to God really necessary, since I am saved by faith?

Deuteronomy 6:18, 24-25“Do what is right and good in the Lord’s sight, so all will go well with you. . . . And the Lord our God commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear him so he can continue to bless us and preserve our lives, as he has done to this day. For we will be counted as righteous when we obey.”

John 14:15[Jesus said,] “If you love me, obey my commandments.”

1 John 3:24Those who obey God’s commandments remain in fellowship with him, and he with them. And we know he lives in us because the Spirit he gave us lives in us.

God’s commandments are not burdensome obligations but pathways to joyful, meaningful, satisfying lives. And obeying them is the only way to stay in fellowship with God. God’s call for your obedience is based on his own commitment to your well-being. Since God is the creator of life, he knows how life is supposed to work. Obedience demonstrates your willingness to follow through on what he says is best, your trust that God’s way will work for you, and your desire to have a close relationship with him.

Deuteronomy 7:9“He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.”

Jeremiah 7:23“Obey me, and I will be your God, and you will be my people. Do everything as I say, and all will be well!”

Obedience is the visible expression of your love. Your sin breaks not only a law but also God’s heart.

Philippians 2:12Dear friends, you always followed my instructions when I was with you. And now that I am away, it is even more important. Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear.

Once you have experienced God’s love and work in your life, you will want to show your reverence for him by obeying him.

Hebrews 11:8It was by faith that Abraham obeyed.

Obedience is an act of continuous faith. It shows that you trust God enough to follow his commands for your life.

Titus 1:16Such people claim they know God, but they deny him by the way they live.

If you are consistently disobedient to God, your claim to know him is meaningless.

Acts 5:32“We are witnesses of these things and so is the Holy Spirit, who is given by God to those who obey him.”

God’s presence in your life becomes a powerful force for good when you obey him.

Leviticus 18:5“If you obey my decrees and my regulations, you will find life through them. I am the Lord.”

John 14:21“Those who accept my commandments and obey them are the ones who love me. And because they love me, my Father will love them. And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”

Obedience to God brings you into fellowship with him, synchronizing you with his will.

Romans 6:17Thank God! Once you were slaves of sin, but now you wholeheartedly obey this teaching we have given you.

Putting your trust in God for salvation through Christ is equivalent to obeying his message of good news.