Tuesday, March 4, 2014

40 Day Retreat with Jesus: Day 32

Over the past couple of days, the message has been clear: We must love our brothers and sisters because God is love, and in order to live in the light, we must practice what we preach! Today's selection wraps all of this in to a neat little package for us ;)
Today's focus:
1 John 5:1-6
Everyone who trusts Jesus as the long-awaited Anointed One is a child of God, and everyone who loves the Father cannot help but love the child fathered by Him. Then how do we know if we truly love God’s children? We love them if we love God and keep His commands. You see, to love God means that we keep His commands, and His commands don’t weigh us down. Everything that has been fathered by God overcomes the corrupt world. This is the victory that has conquered the world: our faith.
Who is the person conquering the world? It is the one who truly trusts that Jesus is the Son of God, that Jesus the Anointed is the One who came by water and blood—not by the water only, but by the water and the blood. The Spirit of God testifies to this truth because the Spirit is the truth.
My Compass study Bible has this to say:
Just as we do not get to choose our biological brothers and sisters, we do not get to choose our spiritual brothers and sisters either. But what comes along with loving the Father is loving all His other children—even the really annoying ones! While it might seem to be easier to go off and live in isolation rather than put up with those we are not naturally attracted to, there are responsibilities that come with living in a spiritual family. We reflect our worship of God by living in respect with our Christian brothers and sisters. How we treat the people around us on a daily basis is the real test of our love for God.
DING DING DING! WE HAVE A WINNER! We are called to love everyone, saved or not, biological or not, because we are supposed to keep God's commands. That's part of living in the light, that's part of being a daughter/son of Christ, and that's part of showing our Heavenly Father's presence here on Earth. Awhile ago I noted that no one wants to be around someone judgmental and rude, saved or not, and that people will naturally gravitate toward those who truly "live in the light". This reiterates that to "be the light", to walk the walk and talk the talk, is expected of us.