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Obedience has become a word that holds within its impressions of violence, abuse, deprivation, fighting, punishment, etc.
This is not what God intended, for one of His characteristics is love. Love towards all His creation, and even though He knows that ‘man’ needs to be kept in check, He still had no intention for it to be of a violent oppressive nature.
I would like us to have a look at this issue and together see that obedience holds within it total freedom.
Freedom from fear, freedom from punishment, freedom from the bondage of flesh, freedom to love and freedom to worship our God.
Obedience was God’s idea and He wants it to be voluntary and not by force. From a willing heart, so that the ‘rod’ will not be necessary, but do we?