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MAKING TOUGH DECISIONS

January 14, 2015

Wednesday

 

1 John 5:1-4

 

WHOSOEVER believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

 

 

LESSON

 

Our brothers and sisters are those who “believe that Jesus is the Christ. “Even though we may have little in common with some Christians, we can still “love” them—because we share the same Parent and are members of the same family. We must “love” other Christians by being obedient to God’s commandments. Those who genuinely “love God” will obey “His commandments.” The fundamental proof of “love for (of) God” and man is obedience to the Word of God. This must include willingness to sacrifice for our brethren. It is very easy to test our love for God. How committed are we to being completely obedient to His will? That is the measure of our love.

If love for our brethren really boils down to keeping God’s commandments, how can we do that?

God’s commands are not burdensome because every believer has already exercised the faith in God that is essential for obedience. The reason why God’s commandments are not heavy is the power that comes with the new birth from God. Every Christian has “overcome the world” by his or her initial “faith” in Jesus Christ. To continue to overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil, all we need to do is continue to exercise “faith” in God.

 

Memory Verse: Psalm 119:105

 

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