Two dogs constantly fighting. This was one analogy given to me through a commentary. I’ll get into that in just a moment.
The topic for our Group’s study this week was Obeying God, and I just love some of the insight I receive from others both in my group and from commentaries found within our study bible. The reading for today was focused on how once we accept Christ, our old self is gone and we become a new person or creation.
One part of the commentary I was reading explains that sometimes it can be hard to obey God and leave old habits behind. But as we spend more time with God, we’ll be able to cultivate our new nature. This is where the dog fighting analogy came in. This man from India compared our new spiritual nature and our old selfish one to two dogs constantly fighting with each other. He went on to say that he could determine which dog would win. When asked how he could determine that, he replied, “The one I feed most, of course.”
As we take time to feed our new spiritual nature through reading the bible or praying, we give it the edge in the ongoing conflict between Good and Evil.
2 Corinthians 5:15
He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.
Our heavenly father loves us so much and those who have accepted Christ have been given a clean slate. And although we stumble from time to time, our Lord and Savior is so eager to forgive us if we can just take a moment and give him the chance through repentance. There is nobody on this planet that can love you the way He does. As we begin to take notice of all that our Lord and Savior has done and continues to do for us, we come to this point that we no longer obey God only because the bible says we should, we walk in obedience because we love him so much and we know God is the only one we can trust with everything. Some see the bible as a book of rules. So why? Why would God who loves us so, give us some rules to follow? I believe it’s for the same reason a parent gives a child rules. Out of love, to keep them out of harms way, to protect them, to help them be able to live a meaningful life. Just like how kids need a parents instruction and guidance, we need his.
For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. ~ Galations 3:27