My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with, the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world. And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we 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, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked. 1 John 2:1-6
Who am I? Do people around me really know me? I ask myself these questions sometimes. You see we judge people by how look look at first, then as we observe their actions we begin to form perceptions of who they are based upon how they act. Think about it. When you are sitting at the coffee house or donut shop and see someone come in, do you begin to evaluate that person based upon how they look? Of course you do…it is human nature to do so. Then if you hear them talk and watch them as they interact, or don’t interact, with those around them your initial opinion is either solidified or modified. While we are doing this to people, those same people are doing it right back at us. I cannot control the other persons looks or actions, but I do have control over my own. So again, do people really know me.
In the scripture above, John is stating that if we know Jesus, Jesus will be our advocate with God. But knowing Jesus is not just knowing about him. You cannot be Facebook friends with Jesus and state that you really know Him. If you know Him, you keep His commandments. So, what are His commandments? In the Gospels Jesus says the greatest commandments are “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind and love your neighbor as yourself.” We are to love God and love others. If we truly do these two things with all of our heart, soul, and strength it will show in how we act. John finishes in verse six by saying we ought to walk in the same way that Jesus walked. It is not enough just to know Jesus. If I know Jesus it changes me so that I want to walk like Jesus. Understand, walking like Jesus is not about salvation, it is because of salvation.
Father, I do love you with everything I am and I long to have the love that you have for those who are hurting and lost around me. Help me to be more like Jesus and walk as a child of God so others will see You in me and then use me to help those who are hurting.