2 John 6 “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to His commands. As you have heard from the beginning, His command is that you walk in love.” (NIV)
2 John 6 ties the two great commandments together in a unique way of demonstrating the importance of obedience in loving God and your neighbor. This verse should cause every follower of Christ to pause and take a love test:
- Are there areas of my life that I knowingly live in disregard to God’s commands?
- Are there leadings of the Lord that I am ignoring?
- Are there people in my life whom I do not love?
- Do I love God in word but not in deed?
You do not want to carry the label of being a Christian while living a life that denies Jesus. Your mouth says, “I love God,” but your actions say otherwise. John 14:21 shows the importance of obedience in love, “Whoever has My commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves Me.” When you live a life contrary to God’s commands, you are blocking God’s work, purpose, and power in you. God’s work is then side-tracked from His purpose and abundance for you to bringing you back into alignment with His will. When your heart is aligned with God, you are allowing the Holy Spirit to take control of your life resulting in a greater filling and work of the Holy Spirit. John 15:5 takes it deeper by stressing relationship with Jesus, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in Me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from Me you can do nothing.” Will you fall short of God’s perfect nature? Yes. This verse is not speaking about perfection, but about the attitude and love of your heart. Your love and devotion for God will be followed by a heart’s desire to obey God and seek all He has for you. The depth of your relationship with Jesus will result in obedience that naturally occurs from the transforming work of the Holy Spirit in you. The transformed life that lives obediently not only loves God more, but also loves those around you.
Matthew 22:37-40 “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.’” (NIV)