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Which I Command You This Day for Your Good

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“. . . for your good.”  ~ Deut. 10:13.

Douglas Wilson has said that Christian parents must not only teach their children to obey God’s standards and commands, but must also teach them to love God’s standards and commands. Train them to love the standard, and they will obey the standard. For we give ourselves to what we love.

God is clear throughout Deuteronomy, and indeed the entire Bible, that His ways, His statutes, His wisdom, His training and discipline in our lives is for our good. We are the beneficiaries. We obey from the explicit motivation that things might “go well with us.” As St. Paul says, “Godliness with contentment is great gain.” It’s gain! Or from St. John: “His commands are not burdensome.” They’re not burdensome for those who know and experience them as “for your good.”

Contentment, gratitude, love of neighbor, love of enemy, peacemaking, taking up a cross, denying oneself, sexual fidelity, training children up into the Lord, letting no unwholesome word come out of one’s mouth, keeping oneself free from the love of money, storing up God’s Word in one’s heart, practicing meeting together with the saints, forgiving others, and on and on; it’s all “for your good.” May we see it that way, Lord, and know it in our daily lives.



Written by Michael Duenes

October 9, 2014 at 8:10 pm

Posted in Deuteronomy, Duenes

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