LOVING GOD

“But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.”         1 John 2:5 NKJV

 

The first part of verse 5 repeats what John has just said, but it also seems to go a bit farther. John moves from knowing God to the love of God, and from keeping His commandments to keeping His word, which seems to be broader. The Bible contains many specific commandments about how we should live, but it also includes many general principles that relate to how we think, to our motives, and to our goals. So, we should obey all of God’s Word. The phrase, “the love of God” is ambiguous. It may mean “God’s love for us” or “our love for God.” Or, it may refer to God-like or divine love. Scholars are divided between the first two options. But perhaps it does not really matter in that if God’s love for us is perfected in us, we will also love God. No one can really love God without first experiencing His love. So the two concepts are intertwined. “Perfected in us” means “brought to maturity.” It means that the love of God has “fulfilled its mission” or “has reached its goal” when it is consummated in our obedience (Robert Law, The Tests of Life [Baker], p. 213). Moses said the same thing (Deuteronomy 10:12-13), “Now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require from you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the Lord’s commandments and His statutes which I am commanding you today for your good?” Our obedience shows that we truly love God and have been laid hold of by His love.

 

PRAYER THOUGHT

Lord Jesus, let my obedience show that I truly love You.

 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Lord Jesus, by the empowering of Your Holy Spirit, let our obedience show that we truly love You and that we have been laid hold of by Your love. AMEN

 

I.B.R.A. Readings

Revelation 14:1-3

 

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