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this is how we know that He lives in us

1 John 3:23-24
…this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

It’s been one of my personal goals to memorize a book of the Bible, and this year, I hope to accomplish this. I’ve chose 1 John, but before I start memorizing, I’ve been waking up every morning reading through the entire book and really studying what John has to say about the relationship between loving God and loving others.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel as though I’m doing a good job at living the “Christian” life…and yet I still end my days feeling very unfulfilled with my efforts. There seems to still be something missing even though I feel as though I’m doing everything required of me.
But after reading the verse above, I’ve come to the conclusion that what I’m missing is the fullness of life intended for us when we live by the Spirit. Although living as a “Christian” and living by the “Spirit” should be one in the same, I would be lying if I said this was always reflected in my life.
If the Spirit were taken away from me, would I even notice? It’s a haunting question, but John says that this is how we know that He lives in us. It’s through obedience and love that we go beyond living the stereotypical (and boring, if we’re honest) “Christian” life.
Most Christians would probably claim to love God well. After all, if you believe who he says He is in Scripture, he’s not that difficult to love…right? But we need to be reminded that our love for God and love for people cannot be separated. And let’s face it…people are a lot harder to love.
We want our hearts to be in the right place to love God and love others, but the first thing out of our mouths is sarcasm or mocking, gossip or complaining…and it becomes very apparent that our hearts are so far from loving others. It’s about so much more than eliminating a “bad habit”. It’s about living beyond the bare minimum of what it takes to get by, and allowing God to transform our speech, our actions...and our love.

Reader Comments (2)

wow two in two days... now you are back in the swing of things! =]

Feb 16, 2009 at 7:48 PM | Unregistered Commenterdevin

no way girl! i was totally going to memorize 1 John this year too!! But... I've really been slacking. I wrote the first few verses on my mirror and that is about as far as I've gotten... BUT I am reading and studying the book of 1 John in Greek for class... so that's pretty awesome and is lending some great insight...

Feb 18, 2009 at 10:20 PM | Unregistered CommenterJessica

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