Observe that Michael describes how we become mature Christians. It involves three steps.
1. Maturity begins with discipline. To learn self-discipline, we must first be disciplined. That is, we obey because we fear punishment.
2. We learn that obedience to God is rewarding and not the killjoy we feared. We obey for the rewards.
3. We learn more and more about our Master and Father. We begin to understand He loves us, and we return His love by joyfully obeying Him.
It is normal to question our relationship with God. Just think of Thomas. Jesus loved him and chose him as one of the twelve. Jesus knew he would doubt him. Jesus knows we will as well.
John also had his times as well. John also knew it was not only “do I know God”, but do I know Him in the right way? That is the real question. How can I be sure I know God in the right way?
John simplifies it for us. If you want to be sure you know God in the right way, keep his commandments. King Jesus, the anointed Messiah, requires that we obey God. Following Jesus is all about obedience. Our motivation for obedience is because we love God and want to obey.
John also knows the commandments are about love. Love God. Love everyone else you know or encounter. The…
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