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Central Command

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Reading: 1st John 3: 18-24

Verse 23: “This is His command: to believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another”.

We are reminded many times in 1st John that we are “children” of God. In calling followers of Jesus children of God, John is establishing a certain relationship. As children of God we have a father who loves us and cares for us. God is a father that wants the absolute best for His children. God is an understanding father that accepts us as we are yet always wants to see more out of us as we grow to become more and more like His Son, Jesus.

Like we are with our earthly fathers, we too want to please God our heavenly father. John echoes this as he writes, “we obey His commands and do what pleases Him”. The result is also the same as it is with our earthly fathers as we “receive from Him anything we ask”. My dad would have given me anything I wanted on two conditions: if he could and if it was good for me. Our heavenly father does not deal with the first limitation but does give in accordance with what is best for us.

John identifies a central command in today’s passage: “This is His command: to believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another”. The first part is to believe in Jesus Christ. To do so we first confess Jesus as the Lord of our life and we accept Him as our Savior. In belief we receive the Holy Spirit, which dwells in us and leads and guides us to be ever more like Jesus. The second part of the command flows out of this first part. As we grow to be more and more like Jesus, we naturally do more and more of what He did. Jesus’ key action was to love others. This too is our command: love one another.

Both parts of this command are challenging at times. Our inner self seeks to be in control as the desires of the flesh rise up from time to time. At other times we find it hard to love one another as Satan works to separate us from His love by deceiving us and by telling us lies. Yet even the powerful allies of self and Satan cannot ever fully overcome the love of Jesus Christ that is in us. This love is always in us. John writes, “this is how we know… by the Spirit He gave us”. The Holy Spirit is also always at work, countering the desires of self and the work of Satan, always reminding us that we belong to Jesus and that we are a dearly beloved child of God. Thanks be to God for the power and presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. May the Spirit ever lead and guide us. Amen.

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3 thoughts on “Central Command

  1. LOVE , IS STRONG FEELING, LAST NIGHT I GOT A PHONE CALL FROM A FRIEND ON 3RD FLOOR,
    A FRIEND OF HER HAS A 26 YEAR OLD GRANDDAUGHTER 3 MONTHS IN A HOSPITAL AND NOW THEY TALKING OF PULLING THE PLUG, THE YOUNG WOMEN SOON WILL DIE , PASS FROM THIS LIFE INTO ANOTHER, MY FRIEND WENT ON AND ON ABOUT HER FEELINFS ABOUT THIS, THEN SHE WOKE , UP TO , WHAT IM DEALING WITH AND KEEP SAYING SHE SORRY SHE CALLED ME,

    I TOLD HER IT WHAT FRIENDS SHARE, I HANG UP , SHE CAME DOWN AND FOUND ME VACUUMING THE HALL RUG, SHE HUG ME AND SAID SHE DIDNT THINK BEFORE SHE CALLED, ITS. OK, I SAID THAT IS WHAT LOVE IS IN FRIENDSHIP, 🙂 BUT WE ALL THAT LIVE IN MY APT,BUILDING CAN SAY , OUR BUILDING IS THE CLEANEST SINCE I TOOK OVER ,

    HOW SWEET , HOW HEAVNLY, IS THE SIGHT, WHEN THOSE WHO LOVE THE LORD
    IN ONE ANOTHER PEACE DELIGHT , AND SO FULL OF HIS WORD,
    WHEN EACH CAN FEEL HIS BROTHER AND SISTER, SIGN, AND WITH THEM BEAR APART,
    WHEN SORROW FLOWS FROM EYE TO EYE, AND JOY FROM HEART TO HEART.
    AMEN.

    FAITH IS HOPING IN WHAT IS NOT SEEN. 🙂
    JESUS WANTS OUR HIGHEST, STRONGEST, LOVE LUKE 14 V 26, 27.
    LOVE DRIVES AWAY FEAR, 1JOHN 4 V18
    🙂
    MY GOD IS ALLSOME
    MY GOD IS ALLSOME
    MY GOD IS ALLSOME
    🙂
    MY GOD IS MIGHTY
    MY GOD IS MIGHTY
    MY GOD IS MIGHTY
    🙂
    MY GOD IS HOLY
    MY GOD IS HOLY
    MY GOD IS HOLY.
    🙂
    MY GOD IS GREAT, AND HE HERE WITH ME , TO GUIDE ME THROUGH THIS DAY,
    AMEN . 🙂 LOVE YOU LORD.

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