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1John 2:3-5( NIV)

We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, " I know him", but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in the person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them.

I often talk to people who are concerned their lack of formal training in theology will hinder their spiritual growth or sharing their faith with unbelievers. I love learning, and I enjoy discussing theology. But some of saddest and most frustrating people in religious circles are the ones who put their life's effort toward pondering things like, " Just how big a camel can be still fit through the eye of a needle" ( Matthew 19:24). John says you can show your understanding of God's kingdom and your love for Him simply by being obedient to what you do understand. That means living a faithful, authentic Christian life in front of your family, friends, and neighbors. It means telling what Jesus has done for you. It means demonstrating Jesus' love for people in the routines of your days. Do those things, and your love for God will be made complete.


The greatest expression of faithfulness and your love for God is to be obedient to the truth that you know in the place where you are today.


Heavenly Father, may Your word come alive within me and my heart receive your instruction. Grant me a willing spirit to obey and honor you in all my ways. Holy Spirit, help me see and understand the great privilege of loving God by obeying Him and loving others. In Jesus's name, amen

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