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August 19 – LD 33, Day 7: What True Conversion Produces

Sunday the 19th of August

in Heidelberg Catechism Meditations

Colossians 3:18-22: "Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God;"

True conversion will produce a life of good works.

And good works, as you will recall, was explained in last week’s meditations. Recall briefly that firstly, they proceed from a True Faith; secondly, they are done according to the law of God; thirdly and finally, they are done with the motive of glorifying God.

The life of True Conversion is such that the true convert abounds in good works not only in some areas of his/her life (areas which he/she might find it easier to do good works in for whatever reason), but in every area of his/her life.

Col. 3:18ff concludes with a series of good works in the area of married life (for both husband and wife), family life, and also our life at work. Peter tells us in 1 Pet 2:11ff very much the same thing - how we should abound in good works in our relationship with all kinds of people around us. Would you say that you live a zealous life abounding in good works?

People who are truly converted are thankful to God for His wondrous salvation of them, and will always show that thankfulness to Him with a life of good works.

This is true for all of God's people. Yes, even for those of us who have experienced grievous falls in our lives and have been brought back by Him and restored unto a living fellowship with Him. May Peter's fall, and then his recovery by the Lord in the way of True Conversion encourage us to live fervently the life of True Conversion and abound in good works!

For Meditation: Let good works abound in all areas of our lives. Let us do good works at home, at work, at school, and with one another in Church - with a heart and mind ready to serve, to forgive, to receive; and ready for active and committed service unto the Lord.


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