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a great mystery

A few days ago, in my New Year's Resolution post, I mentioned the great mystery of Emmanuel, God WITH us. As if this isn't enough to fill us with a great awe, 1 John reveals an even greater wonder--God IN us. And in these chapters, John describes a love that is made complete through obedience.

I was challenged this week to think about how often I describe my actions with words that convey an emotional conviction; an "I feel like God is calling me to [this]" type of statement. While I don't question the legitimacy of those moments, I think about how inconsistent and bias my feelings are to my own will.

Perhaps it would be more beneficial to speak of the times where I was committing myself to a certain action out of simple obedience to the Word of God. 

The man who says, "I know him," but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God's love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.

No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

Reader Comments (3)

mmm 1 John...that last one is my favorite verse. :)

Jan 11, 2009 at 3:09 PM | Unregistered CommenterSis

I can relate to this, my own will seems to distort the way I see gods will. If i want something bad enough then i often lie to myself about what god wants and then follow through, and in the end i always question myself why am i doing this. But perhaps through my weekness his power is made perfect.
It makes me wonder, if we love God are we in a way loving everyone? because after all hes in us all

Jan 13, 2009 at 2:59 PM | Unregistered CommenterCody

You are right in saying that our love for God and our love for people cannot be separated. Although, I would be careful to say that God is in all of us. God promises to send the fullness of His Spirit to those who say "I know Him", but the reality is that some reject this.

Our love for God propels us to love people, because He is love...whether they are obedient to Him or not. But know that the presence of God in us is reflected by our obedience.

Jan 14, 2009 at 11:36 PM | Registered CommenterAmy

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