1 John 5:1-5

In 1 John 5:1-5 John defines what it means to become a child of God.  It happens when we receive Jesus as Savior and Lord.  That’s the moment we become God’s kid. “If you believe that Jesus is the Christ—that he is God’s Son and your Savior—then you are a child of God. And all who love the Father love his children too”.  It isn’t enough know about God.  It isn’t enough to have read about Him.  It’s when we believe and receive Jesus that we become God’s kid. That’s when we get a new eternal address.  That’s when we not only secure our future, but change who our Daddy has become spiritually.

The love God gives us through Jesus is amazing and powerful.  It lasts for eternity.  But it isn’t just for us.  That love has to flow to us and through us to those in our patch, and beyond.  And the love God gives us translates into obedience.  It causes us to DO something. “So you can find out how much you love God’s children—your brothers and sisters in the Lord—by how much you love and obey God”. While God doesn’t keep score, He does provide the means for us to love kike Him.  The power of Christ in us gives us the ability to love God’s way (agape love) and obey God’s commands.  That’s the measuring stick for our relationships in the Body.

John defines obedience as doing what God has told us to do.  It requires that we read the Word and know what it says.  It requires that we listen to God and the direction He provides through the Holy Spirit living within us.  “Loving God means doing what he tells us to do, and really, that isn’t hard at all; for every child of God can obey him, defeating sin and evil pleasure by trusting Christ to help him”. John says it isn’t hard, and it certainly shouldn’t be a mystery.  God’s commandments are not impossible to obey.  It just requires us to do what He has said.  We can live in obedience and defeat sin and evil by walking with Jesus.

On our own, trying in our own strength, we’ll lose the battle.  We don’t have to, but if we go it alone it is what happens.  But the good news is that Jesus is available and willing to stand with us against evil.  He’s already won the war.  So it’s a matter of us walking in His power and His strength and allowing Him to win for us. “But who could possibly fight and win this battle except by believing that Jesus is truly the Son of God”? It is all possible through faith, and knowing that He is indeed the Son of God.  We can know that through a deep personal relationship with Him.  But we have to receive God’s gift of grace and make Him our own Savior and Lord.  Have you done that?

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