Obedience: Willing or forced?

“And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart”

2 Chronicles 25:2

One of the earliest recorded acts of Amaziah was the avenging of his father’s murder. But he spared the descendants of the assassin in obedience to a scriptural injunction that children must not be punished for the sins of their parents (Deuteronomy 24:16).

In verse 5, he raised a national army of 300,000 soldiers. He also went as far as engaging another 100,000 mercenaries from Israel. But because a prophet warned him that the deal would be counter productive, he disengaged them without recovering the monetary resources committed to the pact.

Unfortunately, the summary of his life is that “… *he did that which was right… but not with a perfect heart* ” (verse 2). *Outwardly*, he always acted right but *inwardly*, he often resented what he had to do. He resisted God’s will in his heart, but acted to please his counselors and the people.

*True believers need to regularly examine themselves* in the bid to get rid of every resistance to fully obeying God. Half-hearted obedience cannot attract the Lord’s favour which is priceless, enriching and fulfilling.

Acting right pleases the Lord. But it must spring out of love for Him and from a godly aspiration to conform to His righteous standard. Otherwise, He takes no pleasure in our outward good acts. *The essence of righteousness is an unalloyed loyalty to the Redeemer*. Absolute obedience to God and His commands is the true expression of our professed affection and devotion to Him.

*Profession of love for God is empty, hypocritical and vain if there is no willing obedience*. To call the revered name of the Lord in prayer and do not the things He commands is *proof of lack of genuine transformation*. God requires and deserves absolute obedience.
True obedience is the outworking of a godly principle .

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