“(Now this is love: that we walk according to his commandments.) This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning; thus you should walk in it.” – 2 John 6
This is one of the most interesting and captivating aspect of Scripture to me; it’s simple and clear. Any child of God or person who wants to know God only has to pick up the Bible and ask God to show them His way.
It has never been God’s intention for His children to “struggle” or “strive” endlessly and painfully to know Him, to know what He desires for us, or to have a relationship with Him. This is all carefully and succinctly outlined in Scripture for anyone to glean. And Scripture tells us that to love this awesome and magnificent God all we have to do is obey. 2 John 6 is telling us if we claim to know God and want to truly love Him, then the way to love God is to obey Him.
Obedience is love. That is God’s formula. The evidence of my love for Him is my obedience to Him.
This means obeying Him when it is easy, when it is hard, when we do not understand, and when we do. Total, complete, prompt obedience.
I know first hand what it means and how it feels to obey God when we do not understand, when it is excruciatingly hard. I have come to understand and enjoy that, with each act of obedience, my relationship and fellowship with God deepens and it makes hardship more than worth it. The world will know you are truly His child and that you love Him when they see you daily obeying God’s Word.
Dear Father, thank You for the gift of Your word which keeps me in line with Your purposes for my life. Today, I ask for the grace to always obey You. No matter the situation or circumstances, I want to always do Your will, so please help me, in Jesus name. Amen.
Week 4 Challenge:
Who are some people in your life who demonstrate faithfulness? What types of things do they do for the church? What can you do to support them this week? Take action this week to support those in your life who are the hands and feet of Jesus and who demonstrate great faithfulness.
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