“Here Is The Test” (1 John 2: 3, NEB) by Carley Evans

What are God’s commands? Are they difficult?

Jesus says that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Then He tells us to take up our crosses and follow Him, denying ourselves daily. He reminds us that once we put our hand to the kingdom we must not look back at our past — either in longing or regret.

Jesus commands us to love the Lord our God with all our being — our hearts, our minds, our bodies — and to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.

The author of 1 John writes, “Here is the test by which we can make sure that we know Him: do we keep His commands? The man who says, ‘I know Him’, while he disobeys His commands, is a liar and a stranger to the truth; but in the man who is obedient to His Word, the divine Love has indeed come to its perfection.” (1 John 2: 3 – 5)

And, he writes that “here is the test by which we can make sure that we are in Him: whoever claims to be dwelling in Him, binds himself to live as Christ Himself lived.” (1 John 2: 6)

What is the command we are to follow? We are to “love [our] brother,” so “there is nothing to make [us] stumble.” (1 John 2: 10 – 11) Nothing is able to make us stumble as we commit to live as Christ lived.

Live a life of love, and so make sure you are dwelling in Christ.

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