Obedience, oh how we hate the word. Oh how we long for someone, anyone to tell us that we do not have to worry about obeying. Yes, we will no longer have to worry when we are dead!
But how are we to obey? With Love. Only the love of God can bring us to obeying Him and with this comes peace of mind. Let us listen: “...you will find no rest except in humble obedience.” Please note the word “humble”. The happiness brought about by people, places and things is temporary and these deceive many because most of us wish to do as we please. Note the word “please”. Who are we pleasing? Self. Let us listen; “Do not trust too much in your own opinions, but be willing to listen to those of others.”
Loose talk and gossip. We are to shun these as much as possible. However, we are easily and quickly ensnared and captivated by these because they are always a distraction from talking about something either edifying to another or truthful about ourselves. We truly believe we are getting some comfort from such gossip and we may even believe we are bonding with a friend or neighbor by having these conversations.
We believe we have achieved some form of pleasure between us but this pleasure is only external and bars inward providence of God's Divine Nature. Let us listen; “ Bad habits and indifference to spiritual progress do much to remove the guard from the tongue. Devout conversation on spiritual matters on the contrary, is a great aid to spiritual progress, especially when persons of the same mind and spirit associate together in God.”