1, 2, &3 John – God and Love
When you have little girls you want to dress them up to the point where everything that is placed on their small bodies from infant to the time they want to dress themselves…matches. If it is a pink dress, then they wear a pink bow in their hair and pink shoes on their feet! You get the picture. Then we wonder why they become so intense with clothing when they grow up. Some rebel, like I did, and prefer just jeans and t shirts, wearing no shoes. Others become fanatics with all the matching and coordination. Mm. What if we spent as much or more time “matching” what we say we believe to our behavior? John says that is the ONLY way to know we’re in Him!
1 John 2, The Message
1-2 I write this, dear children, to guide you out of sin. But if anyone does sin, we have a Priest-Friend in the presence of the Father: Jesus Christ, righteous Jesus. When he served as a sacrifice for our sins, he solved the sin problem for good—not only ours, but the whole world’s.
The Only Way to Know We’re in Him
2-3 Here’s how we can be sure that we know God in the right way: Keep his commandments.
4-6 If someone claims, “I know him well!” but doesn’t keep his commandments, he’s obviously a liar. His life doesn’t match his words. But the one who keeps God’s word is the person in whom we see God’s mature love. This is the only way to be sure we’re in God. Anyone who claims to be intimate with God ought to live the same kind of life Jesus lived.
7-8 My dear friends, I’m not writing anything new here. This is the oldest commandment in the book, and you’ve known it from day one. It’s always been implicit in the Message you’ve heard. On the other hand, perhaps it is new, freshly minted as it is in both Christ and you—the darkness on its way out and the True Light already blazing!
9-11 Anyone who claims to live in God’s light and hates a brother or sister is still in the dark. It’s the person who loves brother and sister who dwells in God’s light and doesn’t block the light from others. But whoever hates is still in the dark, stumbles around in the dark, doesn’t know which end is up, blinded by the darkness.
What do we learn?
–God loves us. Jesus saves us from sin. Darkness is on it’s way out!
–Don’t block the light by our behavior that doesn’t match our belief.
–Love God. Love others. God and mankind will know us by our love.
Dear Heavenly Father, Help us love like You love us and live more and more like Jesus taught us to live…in Love, through love, reflecting Your Love and Light. Wash us clean of all hate, malice, bitterness, envy, and comparison through judging. Instead may our lives truly match our behavior…so others will know see You and know You more.
In Jesus Name, Amen