What is the will of God and what does it mean to be living for the will of God? How can we be sure that we are following the will of God and not our human desires?
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“As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.” (1 Peter 4:2 NIV)
We are living for the will of God when we follow Christ’s example of living, loving, and serving. There are three main ways to be living for the will of God.
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Obeying the Truth
The first area where we choose to live for the will of God is to know and apply the truth in the Bible. When we read and meditate on the Word of God, a process of transformation of our thinking is constantly taking place. We learn to take every thought captive in obedience to Christ – this means to pause and examine it in the light of God’s truth. If it is true, pure, and reflects what God says about the issue, we can dwell on this thought. But if it does not pass the filters of truth and love, we should ignore it and stop dwelling on it.
The truths in God’s Word do not only change our thoughts, they also change our attitudes, perspective, and influence our choices and decisions. This is the process of obeying the truth. When we learn to apply Biblical truths in our situations and relationships, the internal transformation we have experienced manifests outwards in choices and deeds. And this leads to a sincere love for each other. (1 Peter 1:22)
Obeying the truth results as well in a righteous life characterized by good deeds. Faith always produces good deeds. God’s will is that by doing good we should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people. (1 Peter 2:15). There are several other characteristics of a righteous life.
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4 Replies to “Living For the Will of God”
I used to worry a lot about living God’s will, but then I read the verses in Matthew about living God and loving people being the most important commands. That put my heart at ease because I realized I could do God’s will no matter where I was or what the situation.
Thanks, Lisa! Yes, these words of Jesus summarize it all very well – when we commit to love God and love people, we are on the right path.
The best advice – ” if it does not pass the filters of truth and love, we should ignore it and stop dwelling on it”. Putting that into practice is tapping into living as we should.
Thanks, Portia! Yes, we need to put this into practice. If we catch negative and tempting thoughts in the beginning and stop dwelling on them, we would maintain self-control in our thinking and life.