A Love filled Obedience
Passage: 1 John 2:3–2:14
GreyLess: A Love filled Obedience
“And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says ‘I know him’ but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him… (3-4).”
I. Knowing and obeying God is conditioned upon His Love, not yours.
Christianity is response to the love we were made to be filled with and by.
1. God’s love must be taken “in.”
“ For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God (Eph. 3:14-19).”
2. God’s love must be thought through.
II. Obedience and Love work in tandem.
“A walk is day in and day out praying; day in and day out Bible and Psalms reading; day in and day out obeying, talking to Christian friends and going to corporate worship, committing yourself to and fully participating in the life of a church. It is rhythmic, on and on and on. To walk with God is a metaphor that symbolizes slow and steady progress.” Keller
III. Love is not hypothetical.
“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law (Romans 13:8).”
“So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift (Matthew 5:23-24).”
“Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes (9-11).”
“We build sophisticated fortresses to guard the heart, then find ourselves isolated. We open our hearts to unvetted visitors and find ourselves violated. The line between relational trust and vulnerability is unmanageably thin. It may be true that our supporters outnumber our foes - but the latter have larger weapons with which to wound. There is a friend who responds to every contrite thought with grace and can turn every inevitable shortcoming into redemptive reward - and though possesses the master key to penetrate our most elaborate defenses - He's nevertheless polite enough to patiently await an invitation.” Mo Levrette