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By This We Know

May 30, 2014

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By This  We Know

We feel better  when we know  for sure  we’re  on the right track.     It’s like  being lost  in a huge forest.     When we find  the right trail  that we know leads back  to our camp  we feel relief.     We get on  that trail  and make sure  we stay  on it.     Then  when we reach  our destination,  we’re really glad  and joyful.     It just feels good.

The same holds true  for knowing  we’re on the right track  with God,  our Maker  and Redeemer.     When we’re lost  in the world’s forest  of man-made rules  and false doctrines,  like:   how to become worthy  —  what we can eat  and drink  —  praying through saints  —  how we must dress  —  etc.,  it can be very depressing,  because we’re never sure  whether or not  we’ve done everything rightly.     Not only that,  but people become fearful  and begin  to practice lying  and hiding their sins.     They don’t want any  of their religious leaders  to know  what they’ve done “wrong”.

When lost  in this world’s forest  of false doctrines,  there is no joy  or sure relief.     There is only the burden  and fear  of not being good enough  for salvation and eternal life  in heaven.     There is the burden  of never knowing  for sure  if we’ll get  to heaven  the moment we die here.

Knowing  is important.

In 1 John 5:1,  we are taught,

Whoever believes  that Jesus  is the Christ  is born  of God;  and whoever loves the Father  loves the child born  of Him.

John is pointing out  that believing  that Jesus truly  is our Savior  is what makes us  “born  of God”.     Being  “born  of God”  (believing)  is  what leads God  to call us  His beloved child.     Truly believing  Jesus  is our Savior  is what causes us  to “love the Father”.      And then,  John adds  that if we really,  truly,  honestly  love the Father,  we surely will  also love  “the child born  of Him.”     That means  we really will love  all other Christians.

John realizes  that a person  might wonder  if they really are loving  all other Christians.     How can we  know  for sure  if we really are  loving all other Christians?     John says  in 1 John 5:2,

By this  we know  that we love  the children  of God,  when we love God  and observe  His commandments.

We can  “know”  for sure  when  “we  love God  and observe  His commandments.”     Those commandments of  “love”  are all  a part  of the ten commandments.     We honor God.     We don’t kill,  commit adultery,  steal,  give false testimony,  lie,  or covet what belongs  to others.     We know those commandments.     They are embedded  in our conscience  as all the ways  we would like other people  to treat us,  and feel  about us.

Love is doing  what is right  and good  —  and doing it  from the bottom  of our hearts  —  just because God  has so loved us  in Christ Jesus.     We know when we honestly love.     It’s wonderful  to know  we’re on the right track  as we “know”  that  “God is love.”

Knowing  we are loved,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for stooping  so low  as to love  even us.     Let us love one another.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

A 2.67 year old says  I Pledge Allegiance

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus by the Yupiq Eskimo village of Quinhagak, Alaska

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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