1 John 2:5-6 Live Like Jesus #247
The last few weeks I have been sharing on the topic of keeping God’s commands from 1 John 2. To catch you up to speed, last week I posted from 1 John 2:3-4, sharing that anyone can say they know Jesus, but the person who doesn’t follow his commands is actually just a phony. Today I want to continue on with 1 John 2:5-6 which goes on to say “But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.”
The love of the Father will be made perfect in the person who obeys God’s Word. No one will be able to understand the love of the Father if they don’t follow his ways because encountering him goes hand in hand with following truth. I shared a quote the other day by Andrew Wommack that reminds me of this verse. It says, “Your actions should be a bi-product of relationship with God, not the way to gain relationship with God.” Isn’t that so true? As you read the Word, the love of the Father will be perfected in you and as you encounter the Father’s love, you will then desire to follow all of his ways which will lead you to live in intimacy with him. It is all so connected!
I love what the Passion translation of this verse says, “We can be sure that we’ve truly come to live in intimacy with God, not just by saying, ‘I am intimate with God,” but by walking in the footsteps of Jesus.'” Someone saying he or she is a follower of God truly means nothing. But someone actually walking in the footsteps of Jesus is what true intimacy looks like. Do you see the theme in this passage? It continues to emphasize the importance of what a person’s life actually looks like instead of what he or she says it looks like.
So, what about you? What verse do you identify most with in this passage? 1 John 2:4, which is the person who claims they know God, yet doesn’t keep his commands and therefore is a phony? Or do you identify more with 1 John 2:5-6 which is the person who lives according to truth and therefore looks like Jesus? It might be a tough question to ask yourself, but I think it’s one we should all spend time asking.
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