Sentence Sermons (Christian Inspiration) #79 --- Obedience

Quotations on Obedience

Obedience to a law will allow us to know if it is true or not. Obedience to a law that is true will reveal to us that it is true. Obedience is as powerful as prayer. Obedience requires prayer (in order to be obedient). Prayer without obedience is ineffective. The two must go hand in hand.

—Max P. Brough, The Trumpeter, Baton Rouge, La., August 1993.

Obedience is the test of faith.

Obedience is the test of love.

Faith plus love equals obedience.

Superior character is revealed by supreme tests.

"Faith without works is dead." (James 2:26.)

Faith that works by logic results in diversity.

Faith that works by love results in unity.

—William M. Anderson, Sr., Christian Observer, Louisville, Ky., Aug. 3, 1904.

Obedience is the certification of faith.

—J.A. Lord, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, May 24, 1919.

He who refuses to do what he knows is right is a moral coward.

—George Wood Anderson, Norwalk Hour, Norwalk, Ct., Oct. 22, 1925.

Religion is love: love is loyalty, and loyalty is a constant and never-ending obedience to the will of God.

—Sam P. Jones, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., March 9, 1896.

To keep the law of God it is necessary to keep the company of God.

—H.B. Dean, Morning Advocate, Baton Rouge, La., Jan. 10, 1957.

God’s treasure house is only unlocked to the believer by the golden key of obedience.

—William Henry Bucklew, The Starkville News, Starkville, Miss., Sept. 10, 1948.

The obedience rendered to God is based upon a conviction that He is perfect in all His ways, possessing the attributes of justice, judgment, knowledge, power, mercy and truth in all their fulness.

—Matthias F. Cowley, Southern Star, Chattanooga, Tenn., July 7, 1900.

Every man obeys Christ as he prizes Christ, and not otherwise.

—J.B. Cranfill, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, May 19, 1898.

The lack of obedience to God makes us guilty of mutiny against Him, and involves us in spiritual and moral anarchy which carries its own inherent punishment. ... For all those who come under the convicting, converting power of Jesus Christ, obedience becomes a voluntary moral choice toward God, and the happy principle of a new life in Him.

—J.H. Avery, Panama City News-Herald, Panama City, Fla., March 4, 1956.

Obedience is the opportunity to project our love to our Father in Heaven; to show Him that we worship Him and that we are deeply appreciative of what His great love means to us. It demonstrates that we are one in purpose with Him in the great future He has prepared for us.

—Eric B. Bailey, Accelerator, Sydney, Australia, February 1967.

No man is doing the will of God when he is fighting to have his own way.

—Roy L. Smith, Christian Advocate, Chicago, Ill., Feb. 19, 1942.

Love without obedience is dissimulation, and obedience without love is drudgery.

—Wallace Bassett, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Sept. 24, 1928.

While it may be argued from a surface standpoint that he who does right from a sense of fear is a coward, thorough investigation will show that he is the greatest hero who dares to do right only, and further, that with a conscience made by true education acutely sensitive to the pleasures of right and the pains of wrong it is impossible to do good without receiving a perpetual pleasure-producing compensation for the effort or to becoming either an active or passive agent for evil without receiving a self-inflicted, lasting punishment.

—George H. Brimhall, Utah Enquirer, Provo, Utah, July 5, 1889.

Obedience is the keystone in the arch of righteousness.

—Alvin W. Fletcher, The Challenge, Stockholm, Sweden, April 2, 1966.

Moral disobedience may be defined as doing anything which one's conscience tells him is wrong. It is not even safe to do that which conscience makes you doubt, for that of which you are not sure will most likely turn out to be wrong. Therefore, follow this rule: BE SURE YOU ARE RIGHT, THEN GO AHEAD.

—J.H. Funderburg, Lake Charles American Press, Lake Charles, Aug. 14, 1937.

Disobedience and unhappiness are twins, that live and die together. Obedience and happiness are twins, that live together.

—Joel Halbert Gambrell, Baptist Standard, Dallas, Texas, March 28, 1907.

Love and obedience are twins born in the life of everyone who comes to any high degree of excellence.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, Sept. 10, 1919.

Disobedience and danger are fellow workers.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, April 7, 1927.

We shall come to a luminous knowledge of Jesus Christ as we obey Him in the service of our fellowmen. When we treat man as an immortal our vivid realization of eternal values is increased, and we see Christ in the life to whom we minister. "For inasmuch as ye did it unto one of the least of these my little ones, ye did it unto me."

—William P. King, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 28, 1926.

In obedience we see Jesus as He is, for we cannot see Him in any other way. After we obey Him, we come into full understanding and realization of His commands. Sometimes, it takes a lifetime of obedience to and following Jesus to see Him and His purposes. We must come to love Jesus if we are to understand Him, for it is only those whom we love that we come to understand in personality and purpose.

—D.W. McElroy, The Monroe News-Star, Monroe, La., Jan. 24, 1927.

Perfect obedience to Christ is the proof of perfect love.

—James DeForest Murch, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, June 5, 1943.

God's laws are deeply set in the intellectual, volitional and moral nature of man. God writes these laws on the tablets of human hearts. ... Law is inviolable. We cannot thwart it, and we dare not disregard it. In attempting to do so we only violate ourselves. God's will as expressed in universal laws is absolutely sovereign. Disloyalty to any law of our being is rebellion against God.

—J.E. Nunn, Amarillo Daily News, Amarillo, Texas, Aug. 14, 1937.

“And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.” (Isaiah 30:21.)

There is a path of life for each one of us, marked by the will of God. It is a path of faith and obedience; and whenever we leave this path, we are going in the wrong direction. We are not to turn from God’s appointed way, either to the right hand or to the left, but in case we do make a mistake, we shall hear a word behind us calling us back to the right path. ...

In the darkness or in stormy weather, pilots fly by following a beamed signal. ... Just as the radio beam is the path of safety for the pilot through storm and darkness, so likewise, the Holy Spirit is our “path of safety.” It signals to us when we are too far to the right or to the left. Just as the pilot listens for the signal, so we must turn our ear to God’s Spirit speaking to us through God’s Word and His Divine guidance in our lives.

Are you listening, my friend, in order that your life may be turned in to heaven’s radio beam to guide your life?

—W.J. Ostman, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, Fla., Jan 17, 1960.

Wise obedience is that which consists of a knowledge of rightful authority, intelligent understanding of basic laws and principles, and a comprehension of ultimate results. There is no such thing as freedom from obedience, but our greatest freedom is wise obedience.

—Bob Wear, Amarillo Daily News, Amarillo, Texas, Feb. 9, 1957.

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