2 John 4 Are You Walking In The Truth?

It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. 2 John 4

According to the world, truth is relative. It depends on who one is, what the circumstance is, what one’s experiences are, and what one is feeling in the moment.

Many do not believe that there is an absolute truth in which one is to live by. Times and circumstances change, which in turn will change what is true. Each and every person is allowed to live in the way he thinks is best for himself, as long as it does not harm or offend anyone else.

In this short letter, John is finding joy in hearing that some people are walking in the truth just as God commanded.

Since the world believes that there is no absolute truth and that everything is relative, the world finds itself in chaos and fighting. Every person is their own little god, thinking that they know the real truth.

People of all age groups are confused on who they are, what they are to do and how they are to live. The world is fighting to remove gender identity and all moral absolutes. As a result, people are confused and depressed going about harming others and self.

When Jesus walked on the earth, He said that He is truth and He is God’s living word. In His word, God gave commands as to how a person is to live in His truth and love. The person who has chosen to believe in Jesus must be willing to walk in the ways of Jesus (Truth) and God’s commands (Truth).

Any time a person stops walking in the truth, he is walking in the lies of this fallen and sinful world. He is no longer walking with God.

Every day you have a choice to make as to how you will walk through this life you have been given on this earth. The world is going to fight to get you to walk in its lies and deception, appealing to your physical desires, rather than your spirit.

Choose to study and know God’s word and have a relationship with Jesus on a daily basis. This will keep you focused upon the absolute and eternal truth and God’s word. Everything you need to live life can be found in Jesus and God’s word.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s absolute truth for your life; that you will obey God’s commands to you; that God will open your eyes to the lies and deception of this world; and that you will walk in God’s truth.

1 John 5:3 Obeying God Is Not A Burden

In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 1 John 5:3

Rules are something that many people do not like to have to follow. They are good for the other person, but not for self, because they are restrictive and keep a person from really ‘living’ life.

It is common for many to see how close they can come to breaking the rule, without actually breaking it. More energy is spent in trying to get close to the line, then would be in just obeying the rule.

As John brings his letter to an end, he tells the people that love for God is keeping His commands and that His commands are not a burden.

Looking at many churches and believers, one would think that all a Christian life would be is just living a life of what to do and what not to do, with the emphasis on what not to do. Talk is often heard of what all the commands of God are, laying a heavy burden upon the people.

When the focus is on what to do or not do, the commands are difficult to follow. Believers need to change their focus from what God’s commands are to loving Him. Anyone who loves God will want to obey Him because he trusts Him completely. God’s love is perfect, so He will not give any command that is bad or difficult.

Once a person falls in love with God, he will find joy in obeying His commands. They will no longer be a burden or chore that must be done, but that want to be done.

Living will begin on a level that was never realized before because it is out of love, not duty.

You may see all the commands of God and be overwhelmed and burdened by them. Instead of looking at the commands as a burden, learn to love God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. Get to know God’s perfect love for you.

As you begin to realize God’s love for you, you will begin to love Him back. The love you have for God will lighten the load of obeying His commands, turning them into a joy because they will bring about life.

Do not look at the commands as a must, but that you get to out of love.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s love for you; that you will love God with all of your being; that you will find joy in obeying God; and that you will know the life you can have in obeying God’s commands.

1 John 2:3 Do You Really Know God?

We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. 1 John 2:3

It is easy for people to say that they know someone. People all over talk about knowing famous actors, yet, in reality do not really know the person. They know about the person, but not directly know the person.

This is taken to another level for knowing someone who is an authority. The better a person knows one who is an authority and how much he cares for him, the easier it is to obey commands given. One will be able to understand why the commands are given.

John states that the way to know if one knows God is if he obeys God’s commands.

Obeying God is often seen as one of the hardest things for a believer to do. This difficulty arises because very often what God asks a believer to do does not always make sense, appears to be dangerous or crazy.

People often hold back on obeying God out of fear, not really knowing God and His heart. Stepping into sin and disobeying God will only be done, because one does not know or trust God.

God is perfect love and everything that He does, says or asks a believer to do is done out of that perfect love. He does not give commands just to be a dictator or ruler, but to build the believer up and make him more perfect.

As the believer begins to realize and understand God’s perfect love for him, he will become more willing to keep all of His commands. Obeying the commands will no longer be done out of fear, but out of great love because of God’s love.

Knowing God and obeying Him must go together in the life of every believer.

As a believer, you claim to know and love God. There will be commands in the bible that you have read and there may be times the Holy Spirit tells you things that you must do.

How willing are you to obey the commands God is giving you, whether by the Bible, or through His Holy Spirit speaking to you? How you answer this reveals how much you know God.

Strive to know God more and more each day, so that you can learn to trust His commands more and obey them. Be willing to step out in faith knowing that God has your best in mind.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God and His heart; that you will learn to trust God’s every word; that you will obey every command of God; and that you will truly love God as He loves you.

Luke 6:46 Why Don’t You Do What He Says?

Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? Luke 6:46

Obedience is something that most people want others to have, but not necessarily do themselves.

It is very common to see people in a workplace that do not do what the boss tells them to do. Sometimes they are just cutting a few corners, while other times it is blatant disregard for the directions and doing nothing at all.

In the home, it is often expected for children to obey their parents. The child that does not obey, is often punished.

After speaking for a while, Jesus asked the people a question. He asked why they call Him, ‘Lord’, but don’t do what He said to do.

Very few people like to have someone over them as complete master or ruler. People like to have their freedom to chose to do what they want to do.

Sadly this type of feeling is often found inside the church. Many believers claim to believe in Jesus and call Him, ‘Lord.’ Yet, they do not obey God’s commands. They continue to purposefully live in some type of sinful lifestyle, with no thought as to changing. They hear the words of God, but ignore them.

Jesus later says that the person who lives like that will have his life crumble and be destroyed. For a person to call Jesus, ‘Lord,’ is to make Jesus is complete, controlling, Master. Every believer is to be like a slave towards Jesus, obeying His every command, no matter how difficult or crazy it may seem. God is the boss.

One has to think about how much God loves him to send His only Son to die on a cross to save him, to realize how much God loves. When this is realized, obeying Him will be much easier, because one knows that every command is given out of perfect love.

As a believer, you claim that Jesus is ‘Lord’. You must be willing to ask yourself if He really is ‘Lord’ of your life. Ask yourself if you obey God’s every command, or do you ignore some that are not convenient.

Do not allow yourself to choose to not obey God’s every command towards you. Make Him, ‘Lord’, of your life. Allow God complete control over your every thought, action and word. This makes Him ‘Lord’ over your life and then you will truly believe in Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will make Jesus ‘Lord’ over your life; that you will obey every command of God; that you will trust God with all of your life; and that you will allow God to be Master of your life.

Matthew 22:40 What It Is All About

All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments. Matthew 22:40

Every time there is a group of people that are together, there is a list of rules and regulations to guide them. Some groups have only a few regulations, while others have thousands of rules.

Governments have thousands of pages of regulations on nearly every ruling. These are done this way to guide every one in nearly every possible situation, so that there is very little to no misunderstanding in the meaning of the ruling. No one can actually completely know every ruling of a government.

Someone had asked Jesus what the greatest commandment in the Law was. Jesus answered to love God and to love the neighbor. After answering, Jesus said that is was on those two commandments that all the rest of the Law and the prophets hung.

It is easy for a person to read the bible and get overwhelmed with all of the commands given throughout the bible. There are several hundred commands, dealing with nearly everything and anything in nearly every possible situation.

Unlike the governmental regulations that people can come up with, God’s commands all boil down to two very simple commands–love God and love others.

Love is not selfish and does whatever it can to help and build up the other person, regardless of who that other person is. It is putting others before self at any cost. The one who truly loves God will not want to hurt God by disobedience. The one who truly loves people will not want to hurt anyone at any cost.

As one looks closely at all of the commands of God in the bible, he will see that all of them are either about loving God or loving someone else in some way or another. Instead of being overwhelmed by the commands, one just needs to love God and others.

You may wonder what God wants you to do with your life, what commands God has for you. Rather than be concerned with a thousand commands, focus on two–loving God and loving others.

As you focus on loving God and loving others, you will steer away from sin against God or others. You will always be able to make the right choice.

Jesus came to bring love to you, how can you return and forward that love to God and others?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will love God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength; that you will love others with the love God has for you; that your life will be focused upon following a path of love; and that you will see God’s love in every command He gives you.