1 John 2:1-6
1 My little children, I am writing you these things so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father —Jesus Christ the Righteous One. 2 He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world. 3 This is how we are sure that we have come to know Him: by keeping His commands. 4 The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” yet doesn't keep His commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoever keeps His word, truly in him the love of God is perfected. This is how we know we are in Him: 6 The one who says he remains in Him should walk just as He walked.
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The one who says he remains in Him should walk just as He walked.
—1 John 2:6
Do you ever make things harder than they really are? I do. I get lost in the details and miss the bigger picture. I often have to look up and see what the whole picture looks like, to understand why the detail is needed.
I wrestled with this piece of scripture. I was stuck in the details. I couldn’t see what the Lord was saying. I only saw certain words: know, command, sin, liar, obey, and propitiation. I missed what John was saying here.
Finally, I had to take a step back. I had to see what the Lord was saying in the context of His Word as a whole, not just this piece. In the stepping back, I heard the Lord simply say, “Love.” Simply love.
This is what He’s commanded us since the beginning: “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:29-31; Deuteronomy 6:4-5).
Love the Lord. Love your neighbor.
It all comes back to love. God loves us so much He sent His Son, Jesus, for us. The Son loves the Father and was obedient until it was finished. He paid the price for our sin we couldn’t pay—out of love. Out of love we have an advocate, defender, and Savior.
We don’t deserve to be loved by God, but He does out of His grace and mercy. Andif we really believe He loves us, that Jesus is our Savior and He took the burden upon Himself for our punishment, why wouldn’t we love the way He commands?
- To whom have you shown God’s love today?
- How can you show love to your neighbor?