By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. —I John 5:2-3
And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, so that you should walk in it. —II John 1:6
Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. —II John 1:9
Faithful obedience to God’s Word, what He says, shows that we actually love God’s children. Think about this. The way that I show I love those who know God, the major way, is that I keep His Word. Well, to be able to keep His Word I must know His Word. I need to be listening to what He says.
People can say they love God, but if they are not keeping His Word, they are lying. People can say they love the children of God, but if they are not keeping His Word, they are lying. This is how we can know that we are truly loving God’s children— “when we love God and obey his commandments.” This is pretty clear… To be faithful and abide in the teachings of Jesus is to be abiding in the Father and the Son. Jesus said, “Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him… If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me” (John 14:23-23). To love God is to keep His Word. To keep His Word is to love God. Being faithfully obedient to God’s Word and to love God it to love His people. There is no way around this. It is very clear.
So, let me ask… “Are you keeping/faithfully obeying God’s Word? We are not talking about some tradition handed down by man, but actually keeping what God says. Are we truly loving God as the Greatest Command tells us to (Matthew 22:37-38). If so, then we are showing that we love God’s children. But if we “are not keeping/faithfully obeying God’s Word then we do not love God or His children regardless how much we say we do. We can even be involved in “religious” things, but to not love God first and keep His Word is hypocrisy.
Dear Father, may I love You with all my heart, soul, strength and mind. Oh, that I would keep Your Word and show that I truly love Your people. May this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus. Yes, so may it be! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSAN5ObaRQg