Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Meditation: Love, Love, and Obey

Passage
1 John 5:2

Context
John is finishing a section on love.  He is summarizing that we are to love others and to love God through obedience. 

Key Words
know, love, God's Children, obey, commands

Message
There is an interesting convergence when we love.   Jesus said that the two greatest commandments are to love God (Matthew 22:36-37) and to love others (Matthew 22:39).  John is pointing out that you cannot have one without the other.  Just a few verses back (1 John 4:20) he calls those that say they love God while hating a brother "a Liar."  Then in this verse he says that we know that we love other's (children of God) when we "love God and obey His commands."  Christian integrity demands then that we love others, love God, and obey his commands.  

Have a wonderful week.