God provides a common good for everyone. He hears the humble cries of contrite seekers during distress.
But only those who walk in harmony with God gain access to the full array of his aid.
Walking in harmony with God requires us to be reborn spiritually, to commune with him regularly, and to live according to his precepts as best we can.
Spiritual rebirth occurs when we confess our sinfulness to God, accept the death of Jesus as the atonement for our sin, and trust him for our eternal salvation.
An intellectual belief in God, combined with a life of good works, does not constitute spiritual rebirth. Membership in a family that attends church does not qualify anyone for heaven.
Only those who trust Jesus to be their personal Savior are reborn spiritually.
If you are unsure about your spiritual rebirth, here is a simple prayer that will resolve the matter once and for all. Your exact words can differ, but your humility, contrition, and trust are essential.
Jesus, I want to have a personal relationship with you. I am a sinner, and you are God. I acknowledge that your death on the cross paid the penalty for my sinfulness. Please come into my heart and be my Savior. I ask that you forgive all my sins—past, present, and future—and give me eternal life in heaven, as you have promised. Thank you for loving me all this time. In your name, I pray, Amen.
God promises aid and communion in this life, along with heaven in the next life, to anyone who trusts Jesus to be their personal Savior. He cannot lie because he is perfect.
Therefore, a person who sincerely and contritely utters a prayer like this one can be assured of God’s help and fellowship on earth and eternal life in heaven.
After we are reborn spiritually, God considers us forever righteous in his eyes. He calls us saints, his children, his friends, his heirs, and temples of the Holy Spirit.
If you pray this prayer, record the date and place for future reference. And tell someone you have been reborn spiritually.
After our spiritual rebirth, walking in harmony with God means communing with him regularly and doing our best to keep our relationships with him and others aligned with his principles and precepts.
Communion With God
Spend time alone with God each day in prayer and Bible study. Memorize the verses you find meaningful.
Praise God for his goodness. Thank him for the beauty and goodness around you. Submit your requests to him with deference. Let him hold your needs and fears.
Trust that God always cares for you and has your best interests at heart. Refrain from worry.
Worship God corporately in church.
Honor God with your time, talent, and resources. Use the spiritual gifts the Holy Spirit gives you.
Surrender your life to God. Grant him the authority to change your heart, mind, and habits as he sees fit.
Seek and follow his will in all significant decisions. Permit him to reorient your life around his plans and priorities.
Exercise self-control. Do things that please God. Stop doing things that displease him.
Avoid and resist temptation as best as you can. When you do fail morally, confess your transgression to God and repent.
Confession means to agree with God that what we did, or did not do, was wrong and to express gratitude for his forgiveness.
Repentance occurs when we turn away from our sinful behavior and take proactive steps to resume walking in harmony with God.
Honor God in your interactions and relationships, both inside and outside of your family.
Accept others as they are, warts and all, without judgment. Treat them as you wish to be treated.
Help others as necessary. Forgive them if needed. Do your best to live at peace with everyone.
Be honest. Be content with what you currently have. Do not covet what others have. Give cheerfully and generously to those in need.
Minister unselfishly to others, on God’s behalf, in times, places, and ways that are individually appropriate for them.
If you have a spouse, be faithful to them. Uplift them with your praise. Spoil them with your attention. Make allowances for their weaknesses.
(This does not require you to stay in an unsafe relationship.)
If you have young children, be kind to them. Encourage and protect them. Spend lots of quality time with them. Do things they enjoy.
Instill in them a reverence for God by your example. Help them discover their divine destiny.
If you have adult children, recognize their uniqueness. Respect their individual differences from you and each other.
Share your wisdom without criticism. Let God deal with their shortcomings.
Honor your parents to the extent you can.
If you are young, obey them.
If you are older, forgive their parenting mistakes, accept their eccentricities, accommodate their frailties, and thank them for the good things they did.
Subject to civil and moral laws, submit responsibly to those in authority over you without resentment.
No Quid Pro Quo
Walking in harmony with God does not oblige him to reward us with physical wellness or material abundance. If it did, every missionary would die old and rich.
Instead, walking in harmony with God positions us to experience true contentment in this life and eternal bliss in the next one.
The Holy Spirit
God knows that we cannot walk in harmony with him through our efforts alone.
Due to our sinful nature, we are inherently unable to align our lives with his principles and precepts consistently.
He has therefore given us the Holy Spirit to strengthen our stamina, intensify our noble desires, reinforce our self-discipline, and directly empower us when necessary.
As we cultivate our relationship with God, the Holy Spirit manifests in us the moral aspects of his divine nature that supplement our strengths and compensate for our weaknesses.
Jesus relied on the Holy Spirit for spiritual fortitude as he walked in harmony with God on earth. If he did, we indeed must.