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"God has called us to live holy lives" (1 Thessalonians 4:7), and Psalm 119: 9-16 gives us 9 steps for achieving that goal.
First on the list: Live according to God's Word (Psalm 119:9).
The Hebrew for "word" in this passage includes God's commands, promises and revelation.
It's all encompassing.
If we genuinely love God, we'll obey His commands because we believe in His character and trust His promises.
We'll obey from the heart, not the head, and we'll seek to please Him, not simply escape punishment.
We'll forgive, consider others better than ourselves, honor our parents, love our neighbor, nurture our children, help the needy, use pure language, share the Gospel, and do other good works,(1) not simply because it's our duty but because we love our Lord and we want to please Him by living according to His Word.
We can obey God without loving Him, but we cannot love God without obeying Him.
forgive: Colossians 3:13
consider others better: Philippians 2:3
honor parents: Ephesians 6:2-3
love our neighbor: Mark 12:33
nurture our children: Ephesians 6:4
help the needy: James 2:14-17
use pure language: Ephesians 5:4
share the Gospel: Matthew 28:18-20
do good works: Ephesians 2:10