From the Kitchen Table
Victorious Living Day 29
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. Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake. I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I write to you, children, because you know the Father. I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. 1 John 2:1-17
Here’s the truth. We live for what we love, and we can’t hide it. And therein lies the problem to the victorious Christian life. That’s why we must look closely at what we do and why we do it. We can get so used to feeding the appetites of our skin that we neglect the hunger and thirst of our spirit. Remember, our spirit lives by faith, not food, not feelings, not the fortunes of this world. God created us to live this life believing in love and knowing the fun, fortunes, and future of that love. Maybe a lot of us like the idea of heaven but we love here. This life can be pretty, fantastic, but the secret is to love the Creator and Giver of life, not the life itself and He will give us a life of love The victorious Christian life is a lived-in love, on love and for love as we believe in, on and from His love for us. And it won’t be a guessing game, everyone in the seen and unseen worlds will know because we live for what we love.