[quote="GodHeals, post:1, topic:334986"]
Is it possible to fully love God without fully seeking to align our wills w/His will for our lives? Please let me know of any scriptures that might help me better understand?
This verse came to mind when talking with a friend of mine:
God Bless You!
The very short answer is ... No it is not....The key word being "fully", and in particularly not fully seeking...
As for a Scripture reference I don't think one need look any further than Mt 22:36-40 and the very first great commandment. Love God with your whole soul, mind and strength.
Can we say we are doing this fully while withholding from God any part of our will?
Now don't get me wrong here...It is possible to Love God as fully as we are able at a given point in our journey while we struggle to align our wills to His.
The key lies in striving to do our very best. We may not always succeed...but the effort needs to be there.
[quote="Boulder257, post:3, topic:334986"]
I am actually quite interested in this question for the following reason: I love my parents, but I didn't always fo what they told me to do. It didn't take away from how much I Ioved them, but it did affect my obedience to them. Please don't misunderstand me. I am not suggesting that we can be disobedient to God; I am more interested in how someone answers this particular questions.
I ask mostly because I work with the youth and I can see this question coming up.
Thanks in advance!
Strict obedience is not necessarily the most important thing. A good parent seeks to instill in their child a sense of right and wrong such that, as the child grows older, s/he is able to act on the proper principles rather than simply on obedience to some command.
Our faith is like that too...Jesus repeatedly argued with with the Scribes, Pharisees, lawyers etc. over these matters.
Teaching a child obedience is like the OT covenant with it's "Thou shalt" or "Thou shalt not..." but as the Child grows older...we need to move into the New covenant which is much more like "Thou shalt..." Because, and "Thou shalt not..." Because
In this way - when the child later has to make his own decisions...they are correct on principle even if not on "letter of the rule".