The Apostle John told us we can know if we truly know Jesus.
He says, “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.” (1 John 2:3-6)
One question to ask yourself is, “Do I have a desire to keep God’s commandments and walk, as He walked, (follow Him) in all my ways?”
As we talked about yesterday, there are times we will all fail. We will sin, and we all need His grace over and over. (See yesterday’s post on this page).
But we can’t treat grace as a license to sin as some do.
In fact, when correctly taught, grace should compel us to do just the opposite!
Spurgeon said, “Those men who think that God’s grace, when fully, fairly, and plainly preached, will lead men into sin, know not what they say, nor whereof they affirm… Shall I hate God because he is kind to me? Shall I curse him because he blesses me? I venture to affirm that very few men reason thus.”
Yes, there are “grace-heavy” churches today and this movement is growing. (And grace is heavy! It is ocean-deep heavy!)
But the problem comes when churches preaching grace are also “truth-light”.
These churches can be dangerous because they only preach the easy, politically-correct, “feel-good” parts of the Bible and ignore those sins more acceptable and sins that are celebrated (you know what I mean) in our culture. They simply don’t preach the entire Word of God.
Again, it is so important to study the Word on your own. Study it with your families.
Test everything you are hearing- for “whoever keeps His Word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked”. (1 John 2:5-6).
Friend, let’s be diligent to seek to walk JUST as our Savior walked in every area of our lives! This desire to walk away from sin and live as He lived is one way we can know we are His!