True Christians Keep God’s Commandments

And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him:
(1Jn 2:3-5 ESV)

I suppose the question we must answer is: what are the commandments of God?

And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.
(1Jn 3:23-24 ESV)

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.
(1Jn 5:2-3 ESV)

Many people will say that the commandments of God are this or that. The ten commandments of the Old Testament are often suggested as guidelines for our lives. The Christian life is one of simplicity, not one based on a multitude of rules. We are to believe in Jesus and love each other. Take a look at your heart. Do you truly trust Jesus with all that you are and all that you have? Or is your belief in Jesus only skin deep? Likewise, are you growing in your love for God’s children? Is your love for them true, or are you faking it? We must examine ourselves to know that we are in the faith. If we are true Christians, our lives will show the evidence. We believe in Jesus because of the testimony of His Spirit inside of us. Let’s offer all that we are and all that we hold dear to our beloved Lord.

Posted on August 2, 2010, in Exhortation, Teaching and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. wellwateredgarden

    Jesus gave us two commandments: Love God and love your neighbor. If we just stick to those two everything else will fall into good place.

    The way we know that we are ‘in Him’ is if we are at total peace with Him and ourselves. Do we still worry and fear about what tomorrow will bring? Are we able to trust Him for our every outcome? Are we totally sure of our salvation?

    If these and similar issues continue to plague us then we are not totally trusting God for our lives.

    The way I see it, anyway …

    • Great comment! I almost completely agree with you. I think we can be in Christ, but not be at peace with ourselves. But, as we grow in Christ, so will our joy and peace grow. Thank you very much for your comment.

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