Wednesday, April 22, 2015

1 John 3:16-24 Whoever Obeys God Abides in Him

KEY VERSE: 1 John 3:24 Whoever keeps his commandments abides in him, and he in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us. 

KEY THOT: When we keep his commandments, we will experience His presence through the Holy Spirit, for the Spirit is given to those who obey the Lord: “And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him" (Acts 5:32). 

In other words, abiding in Christ and Christ in us requires the mediation of the Spirit whom God has given us when we were regenerated. A life of obedience gives us confidence in prayer before God in that “whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him” (v.22).

I need to take seriously God’s Word, not just to study it but more importantly, to obey it. Studying God’s Word only makes me proud and critical. Only obedience will keep me humble and overflowing with the Holy Spirit. 

God’s commandments have been summarized by Jesus as loving God and others simply because God is love. If I focus on acting in love, I am more likely to be doing what is right and pleasing God; if I am preoccupied with being “right” I may become critical and condemning of others who disagree with me. Love is the only perfect thing to do.

Father, fill us with Your Spirit so that we may abide in You and Your love abide in us. Amen.

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