“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stay true to the Lord. I love you and long to see you, dear friends, for you are my joy and the crown I receive for my work” (Philippians 4:1, NLT).

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Children are always being told what to do by adults. Sometimes they obey and sometimes they don’t. Some will only comply when they know the reason why. Many times they are told only that something is good for them or will harm them, but even then it’s not always a good enough reason. With some kids, they need to know an electric socket has energy right behind that little plate, and if they stick a fork in it, they will get a nasty shock. Sadly, some still have to find out the hard way.

So many verses in the Bible tell us to do something; some explain why and some don’t. In this one about staying true to God, Paul tells the Philippians he loves them, hoping if they know this, they will be more motivated to stay true. Paul’s feelings are a reflection of God’s: because he is true and firm in his faithfulness, and because he loves us, he wants us to stay true and firm as well. The admonitions we receive from God aren’t arbitrary. Each is given because of God’s love, just as parents love their children and want what’s best for them. Staying true to God is a way of loving him back.

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