Once we have learned to refrain from disobedience and to walk in the light, we are ready for active, positive obedience.
Start out by learning to recognize the positive commands in Scripture. They are almost always expressed in superlatives. For example:
"Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!" (Philippians 4:4).
Because the positive commands are so all-encompassing, it is easy for us to think of them as ideals rather than realistic requirements. So the next thing to do is accept them as they are. The Bible does not qualify them, and we do not have the freedom to qualify them either.
God provides several wonderful means of obeying these commands. The first is the death of Christ. We all know that Jesus died so we could be forgiven. Few of us realize that He died so we could be obedient. See Romans 6 for an explanation of the efficacy of the Cross in accomplishing obedience.
The second means of obedience is the fruit of the Spirit which…