1 Jn. 3:23-24

“And this is his command:  to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.  Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them.  And this is how we know that he lives in us:  We know it by the Spirit he gave us.”

In these verses are two commands that are the basics of our Christian belief.  God knows that we cannot live our lives without sinning.  He sent Christ to be the supreme sacrifice for our sins; however, our belief in this and living our lives in a way that reflects that belief in Christ is what makes the forgiveness of our sins a reality.  “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved.”  (Acts 16:31)

To love one another is a command that can challenge us in our daily lives.  But when we obey these two commands, the spirit of Christ truly does live in us.

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, may we live our lives as we have been commanded so that your Spirit will live in us.

Jack Howle