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::Devotional:: ‘Love God’

October 6, 2010

What you believe is important.  Why you believe it is more important.  How your beliefs guide your thoughts and actions is the most important.  In fact, John says that even your actions are evidence useful to having assurance of your salvation.  As the old saying goes, “actions speak louder than words.”When you were a kid did you believe in the tooth fairy?  If you did, I would hazard a guess that your belief in the tooth fairy was evident in the actions of your life.  In fact, I’m almost positive if you believed in the tooth fairy you would have presented a recently ‘fallen-out’ tooth to the tooth fairy in exchange for money or some other reward.  In this setting your actions were the evidence of your belief.

In the same way, your actions are the evidence of what you believe about God.  To be more specific for the context of this devotion, your actions are evidence of your love for God and your love for God is evidence of your salvation, therein providing assurance.

John describes way our love for God should look like.  In other words how our love for God should be evidenced in our actions.

1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3 This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 1 John 5:1-4

My actions of daily obedience to God’s word reflect my love for him.  Now I’m not one to claim that I don’t wrestle with sin because I do.  There are clear instances where I am not obedient to God’s word because of my sin.  However, in obedience to God’s word, I go to him and confess those sins in order to receive his forgiveness as stated in 1 John 1:9.

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9

Living righteously before God requires our actions to reflect our beliefs and our beliefs to be based on the word of God.  How we love others and how we love God serves as evidence of our salvation or lack thereof.

16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 19 This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence 20 whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.  1 John 3:16-20

What do your actions says about your love for God?  Are you reading his word?  Do you speak with him in prayer?  When you are looking for assurance of salvation examine your actions.  The man who is truly saved will live a life where his actions declare his love for the Lord.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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