1 John 3:19–24 (ESV)
19 By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; 20 for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn
us, we have confidence before God; 22 and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has
commanded us. 24 Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.
We come to the end of the Love One Another section and we have seen how the text has been
focusing on love with action. We should not be able to hide our love for one another. It should be seen and noticed by all. I remember when I was going to propose to my wife, I wanted to get her father’s permission (Yeah... old school).
I knew the answer already, but still wanted to ask his permission. I still remember driving to Waco for the weekend. Her father answered the door and I said I wanted to ask him a question. He said the answer was “yes”. I
told him I haven’t asked the question yet. He smiled and said the answer is still “yes”. A little frustrated, I asked him if I could have his permission to marry his daughter. He told me that he has already said “yes”
twice, what more do I want out of him? I guess my face had proposal written all over it. I remember helping out people in need and remember some of them telling me that I am a Christian. I said what make you think I’m a Christian?
They said they could see it in my actions. Well, I certainly did not deny it too them. It is a joy and honor to be a child of God. Because of His love for me, it is a joy and honor to honor His commandments. I just wish I could do a
better job. The joy is that He still loves me. Through his love, I will never tire of trying to keep His commandments, nor will I ever tire of His forgiveness when I fall short. I pray: Lord, I repent for all the sins I commit, or even the
sins committed by omission. Thank you for not giving up on me and let me never tire of giving you thanks and praise for your forgiveness and eternal life. Amen.