“And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” – 1 John 2:3-6
Many people know about God, but how many actually “know God”. Well, that is easily determined by how many actually obey God’s words and live as He instructs. You see, if we only know about God we will try to be like Him in our own strength and fail. Therefore we will continue to walk in sin. However, when we truly come to God and say yes to becoming His bride and take the time to “get to know Him”, we will obey Him. Why? Because when you truly come to know God, you can’t help but love Him, and Jesus said that if you love Him, you “will” keep His commandment.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.” – John 14:23-24
This is why when asked what was the greatest commandment, Jesus replied that to love God most in your life was the greatest commandment. Then He explained that to love others is like unto it. However, what He says next is one of the most astonishingly eye opening revelations in scripture. He says that on these two commandments hang all the laws and the prophets. What he was really saying was that if you follow these two simple Commandments truly, then you will by default fallow every law given, every other commandment spoken, and every word of instruction uttered by the prophets. Because if you love God you will keep his commandments.
“But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” – Matthew 22:34-40
By loving God most, others second, and self last, you will by default keep His commandments which are all simply instructions in how to live and love like Him, selflessly. If you love God and others more then yourself then you will not covet, steal, kill, commit adultery, blaspheme… and so on.
All sin is rooted selfishness and pride, all righteousness is rooted in love and humility, and all true love is selfless. That’s why God is love. Christ is the embodiment of selflessness, and when we truly come to know this through personal encounters and revelations of His character, through His word, and by coming to truly believe what He did for us at Calvary, we can’t help but fall in love with Him; and once you fall in love with Jesus it becomes your pleasure and desire to serve and obey Him. This is the power that faith in what Christ did and in who He is unlocks, empowering you to overcomes the temptations of sin and the enemy. That power, that Grace… is love. So take some personal time to sit and talk with God, pray, read His love letter to you (His Holy Word), get to know Him and fall I love with Him. Do this and obeying God will not only become something that you can do, it will become something you desire to do.
“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” – 1 John 5:3-4
“We love him, because he first loved us.” – 1 John 4:19