Yesterday, we read about John’s increasing intimacy with the Lord, and his desire to draw closer to him and to know him more. Today, we read that the inevitable consequence of coming to know God more is that we will “keep his commandments”. Anyone who says that they know God, but does not keep his commandments is, according to John, a liar.
Simply put, we know the nature of a tree by the fruit that it bears. If we say we know the Lord, and we say we love the Lord, then the results of that should be visible in the way we live our lives. We will act out of our knowledge and love of God by honouring and obeying his word and his commands towards us.
John gives a few examples in the following verses. We are to love one another and not do anything to cause a brother or sister to stumble. We are to reject the desires and temptations of the world. We are to acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus and not deny him when the going gets tough. We do these things not in order to earn our salvation, but out of our desire to honour and glorify the Lord that we say we know and love.
“Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.”
This is our challenge and our commitment – to live as Jesus did. By grace, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, may we be able to rise to the challenge.