vs. 1. If we believe that Jesus is the Messiah, God’s Annointed One, then we are God’s children. If we love the Father, we also love His children.
vs. 2. How can we know that we love God’s children? We love God and obey His commandments.
vs. 3. How do we love God? By keeping His commandments, which are not a burden to us.
vs. 4. Since we have been born of God (we are His children), we overcome the world. How do we do that? Our faith overcomes the world!
I am God’s child if I believe that Jesus is the Christ. If I am God’s child, then I will love all of God’s children. When I love God and obey His commandments, I know (and also demonstrate to others) that I love God and obey His commandments.
Actually, to love God means that I keep His commandments. But, it seems like there are so many commandments. How can I possibly keep them? Oh, His commandments are not a burden. Because I have been born of God, I overcome the world.
During Jesus’ encounter with a legal expert, the man asked Jesus which is the greatest commandment in the Law. Matthew recorded Jesus’ response:
“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” (Matthew 22:37-40, NIV)
From hundreds of commandments down to two. Oh, I still can’t keep those in my own strength, but through my faith, I overcome the world and its temptations. Through my faith, the Holy Spirit within me empowers me to live a life that is pleasing to my Father. The Holy Spirit guides me and teaches me to love God with all that is within me and to love my neighbor as myself. On my own, I can’t do it. But, through my faith and the Spirit within me, I overcome the world!
Heavenly Father, thank you for making it possible for me to be adopted into Your family. Thank you for giving me Your Holy Spirit to dwell within me, to guide me, comfort me, and teach me how to live as Your child. I confess that I don’t always listen to Your Spirit. For that, I am truly sorry. I thank you that because of Jesus’ blood, and my faith in Him, the penalty for that sin, and all of my other sins, has been paid in full. Father, I come to you now, cleansed of my sin, thanking you for your mercy and asking you to help me to listen more closely to your Spirit and to obey completely. Thank you, my Father. Thank you. Amen.
But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. -Galatians 5:18, WEB