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Chapter 1 : An Introduction to Obedience

It was a lovely winter morning of December 2003. The faint chill in the air and the cheer of the festive season usually gladdened my heart but this time it was different. I was lying in bed feeling lonely, sad, and exhausted. My blood pressure had dropped significantly and doctors had advised rest. Outside my window, I could hear the usual hustle and bustle of traffic and people, which was typical of Mumbai city. However, in the midst of all this activity, I felt that my life had come to a standstill. I was emotionally drained and empty from within, and was well aware of the exact cause of my emotional and physical unease. I also knew that I was responsible for my situation at that point. Having been a Christian for over six years at that time, I realized that only Jesus was the answer. That was when I admitted before God that I had lost my first love for Him. I had allowed other things and selfish ambitions such as my job and other relationships to take precedence over my life. Consequently, I had ended up getting distracted and had strayed away from obeying Him.

Once I confronted the problem, confessed my sins, and turned back to God, He began dealing with me in His love and grace over the next few months. I desired to come back to my first love, and He gently drew me to Himself, nearer than ever before and taught me many lessons on obedience. Needless to say, my health was restored, my spirit was refreshed, and my mind was renewed. It was at this point that I resolved to set out on one of the most exciting journeys of my life—Obedience.

Obedience! There is so much one can say on this crucial aspect of our walk with Him. The best place to begin our journey of obedience is with the word of God itself.

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