1 John 2. Forum Discussion

We show our love to God by keeping His commandments

This chapter begins with John writing about how when we sin, we have an “Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” He then drives home the point that if we love God, we will keep His commandments:

  • Verse 3:  “By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.”

  • Verse 4:  “The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”

  • Verse 5:  “But whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected.”

  • Verse 6:  “The one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.”

The above verses are fundamental to Christianity. In trying to keep God’s commandments, is it ok to simply do what we feel is right? Not according to Proverbs 14:12, “There is a way which seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.” That scripture emphasizes how important it is to spend time in God’s word. We know how important it is for us to keep God’s commandments. We also know that if we are going to keep God’s commandments, we must first learn what those commandments are. The only way to do that is through studying the Bible.

Later in verse 11, John writes, “But the one who 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.” Most of us have at least one relationship in our lives that has gone bad. Maybe it has gotten so bad that we feel hatred towards that person. John is telling us that these feelings of hatred are bad for our souls. They cause us to live in darkness and can blind us to the way that God wants us to live.

On the day of judgement, will we want justice or mercy? We will want God to have mercy on us. If that is the case, we need to show others mercy while we are here on earth. “For if you forgive others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.” – Mathew 6:14-15

Remember what Jesus said on the cross? “Father forgive them; for they know not what they do.” If Jesus could focus on forgiveness while being crucified, we should be able to forgive others for what they have done to us.


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Why is it so important to keep God's commandments?

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It is important to keep God's commandments, because that is how we show Him that we love Him (John 14:15).

As our Father, God knows what we need. His commandments are made to keep us on the straight and narrow. When we obey His commandments, we are walking in the light.

When we disobey His commandments, we are walking in the darkness.


Based on this and other scriptures, our focus needs to be on keeping God's commandments. Plain and simple.