Last week, we considered that morality affects how we treat other people. This week, we will see that morals help us have a close relationship with God. All of these areas greatly affect how we act. “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8 NIV).
When walking with God, the first thing one learns is to fear him. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” (Proverbs 1:7 NIV). The fear of the Lord is respect and honor for the power and glory God has. There are people who believe in God, but the do not fear him. If you fear God, you keep his commandments. “Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13 NIV). Walking with God reminds us that we should keep his commands. If we are disobedient, we know we will be punished with hell. Also we see that we are punished in this life by the harmful consequences of our sinful actions.
Secondly, the Christian learns to do good when he is walking with God. This is what God wants Christians to do. “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:10 NIV). Jesus is well known for his good deeds. They are recorded for us in the gospels. Christians are little brothers and little sisters of Jesus Christ. Other people should be able to recognize one as a Christian by his service through good deeds. There is a great blessing to be gained from serving others. God has done so much for us because he cares for us. When we walk with Lord, we want to love like he does.
Thirdly, those who walk with God want to bear fruit. Jesus talks about this in John 15. He says that he is the vine and the Father is the gardener. His disciples are the branches. He wants the disciples to bear fruit that will last. The grape vine bears grapes. The vine of Jesus bears his fruit – Christians. Are you involved in this fruit bearing process? You should be. Train your children in the Lord. Teach the people you know about Jesus.
Written by: Jimmy Hodges