1 John 2:5: But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.

A child of God not only wants to obey the commandments of God but he also wants to obey the Word of God. He wants to please his Father in everything that he does. I get the impression from many folk that they want to live as much like the unsaved as possible and still be Christians. I would never give an answer to a young person who asked me if a Christian could do this or that and still be a Christian—because they were asking the wrong questions. The right question to ask is this: “What can I do to please my heavenly Father?” You see, a genuine child of God wants to please Him; he does not try to live right on the margin of the Christian life. I want to do the thing that will please Him, bring joy to His heart and fellowship and joy to my own life. All of this, you see, is on the basis of love: “If you love me, keep my commandments,” and “If a man love me, he will keep my words.” If you love Him, you will do more than keep His commandments; you will do something extra for Him. 1

Loving Him

How is your attitude? Do you think your caustic words, your sarcastic mannerisms, your impatience with innocent children, and your unrealistic demands of others are acceptable before God? Do you think you get a “free sin pass?” Our life is the best test to reveal how much of His love is really purifying our lives. If we do not read His Word, we will never keep His Word. Our emptiness is our own fault and not His. Stop blaming others. Start seeking Him and obeying Him. You will be immediately overwhelmed by His love.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6

Loving Others

A heart motivated by love will always seek to please the One who saves. – TWEET IT

Changing Me

Lord, thank You for sharing Your infinite love with me.

1. McGee, J. V. (1991). Thru the Bible commentary: The Epistles (1 John) (electronic ed., Vol. 56, pp. 44–45).

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Tommy Blumberg

Tommy Blumberg

Tommy Blumberg was ordained as a Calvary Chapel pastor in 1985, where he served as an assistant to Pastor Wayne Taylor of Calvary Fellowship, in Seattle. In 1992, Pastor Tom, his wife Pam, and their three daughters moved to Bellingham and began a Bible study, which led to the founding of Calvary Chapel Northwest. Tom blogs regularly at TommyBlumberg.com.