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Beloved: The way we may be sure that we know Jesus is to keep his commandments. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps his word, the love of God is truly perfected in him. This is the way we may know that we are in union with him: whoever claims to abide in him ought to walk just as he walked.
Beloved, I am writing no new commandment to you but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. And yet I do write a new commandment to you, which holds true in him and among you, for the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining. Whoever says he is in the light, yet hates his brother, is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother remains in the light, and there is nothing in him to cause a fall. Whoever hates his brother is in darkness; he walks in darkness and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
How much clearer does the word of God need to be? John tells us in plain language what we need to do to live in the light of God. Why do people insist on living in darkness? Power? Prestige? None of these brings what living within the law of the Lord does. Do you live in the light or the dark? Think you have everything that makes your life perfect? If you follow the Lord, you do. If not, you do not, you are just fooling yourself.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, living in the light of your word and your love brought perfection to my life. You give me what I need and you give it to me with love, bringing me joy and happiness. In Jesus’ holy name I give you praise, Amen!
Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice!