1 John 2:3-4 Keep His Commands #246

I can’t stop thinking about the question, “what about my life looks different?” I have been reading 1 John and as I was reading chapter 2, it stopped me in my tracks and brought me back to this same question again. 1 John 2:3-4 says, We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, ‘I know him,’ but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.”

Anyone can say they know Jesus, but it’s the one who follows his commands who actually belongs to him. When you trust someone you will naturally obey them, right? The same thing holds true for believers who are following Christ. If they know him and love him, then they will desire to follow him with their actions, not just their words.

And then this verse goes on to say that the person who says they know him but does not follow his commands is actually a liar. Ouch, right? The passion translation of verse 4 says, “he is a phony and the truth finds no place in him.” So are you claiming to know God or do your actions follow knowing him too? The truth can find no place in the person who does not follow his commands.

You know, some people tell me that the things I share are too “harsh” but if you are reading the same Bible I am then I want to point out that there is no fluff and puff in the Bible. Instead it convicts, right? I always want to be convicted and I hope as you read this blog and as you read this passage that you too are convicted.

You can say you know about Christ all day long, but actually knowing him is a completely different thing. So do you do you just know about him or do you know him and if you know him are you following his commands? The only way you can know him is to spend time with him, so what are you doing today to spend time with him and keep his commands?

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