If a wife's conversation was dominated by speaking about her incessant infatuation with OBEYING her husband, instead of walking in a MUTUALLY ENJOYABLE, LOVING UNION with Him, it would cause us concern. The same holds true when we speak about our relationship with Jesus.
Walking in a mutually enjoyable Union is on a much higher plane than obedience. Soldiers and slaves OBEY each and every day in settings where LOVE and UNION are not the motivating forces.
Put another way, to avoid arguments about semantics, if we choose to use the term "Obedience" in a New Covenant context, a mutually enjoyable, loving union must be included in our definition of the word.
For those who may stumble over the word "Enjoyable", I will add the following: Please note that I am not speaking of a perpetual Fantasy Land on earth in the present. I am speaking of enjoying the New Wine and the Bread of Life...through the "ups and downs" of our LOVE WALK....with, in, and through Him...as He is making the world a better place through us and as us!
My Word to you for 2017: You are just as much in Christ as you have ever been or ever will be! He can't possibly Love you any more or less today than He did yesterday or than He will tomorrow! God IS Love! The same benefits that were yours in 2016 (and in all prior years) are still yours! Christ in you is still the Hope of Glory! Amongst many other wonderful things, He calls you His Wife, His Brother or Sister, His Body, His Friend, His Living Epistle, and the Apple of ...His Eye! You are loved, valued, accepted and blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ! Through Him you have access to all things that pertain to life and godliness! You no longer have to rely on your own performance by trying to produce the Fruit or Gifts of the Spirit; and there is no shortage or rationing of the New Wine! You are free to rest in HIS PERFORMANCE...as you function through HIS Faith, which works by HIS Love! Freely you have received, NOW...Freely give!
No rhymes, No limericks, No numerology, Nothing spooky, No fortune cookie messages, No Christianese horoscopes, No 'carrot & stick' words promising to give you what you already have or make you who you already are, and No words coming from a compulsion to perform prophetically, because a New Year is just around the corner. Just Truth!
Regarding New Year's "Words": Trust the Peace of Christ to be the referee in your heart. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.