1 John 5: 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome…
Why so many Christians are struggling so much to follow the commandments of Jesus Christ, while John says they are not burdensome?
Why so many are trying to get there but cannot?
Why the majority of Christians in the world live way below their potential?
The answer is simple:
Most try to change by themselves. It's hopeless, no one can make it in this case.
We make efforts again and again, we take good resolutions, one after the other, but none of them works very long.
The problem is that many are changing because the Bible says so, because they hear that a Christian must be a nice person, who forgives.
This isn't because the Bible says that I have to change my mentality that I have to do so, this isn't either because I hear some teachings that say I must strive to be a new person that I have to do so.
In this case we're trying to 'stick' to a teaching, but this is not what the Bible teaches us.
This kind of practice is no different to the ones under the law. In the law we did things because it was written, because God had said so...
But grace has nothing to do with it. We don't follow rules, precepts and rites.
Often those who act this way are just sinning even more, trying to sin no more... Paul said that if I'm not firmly convinced that what I'm doing is a good thing, then I sin.
How many Christians are doing things "because it must be done”! In this case the things are painful, frustrating, carnal.
We need to become as God. Not to be God, but to become like Him. We were created in His image, God is love, and in our new person we are also love.
1 John 4: 7-11 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is begotten of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. Herein was the love of God manifested in us, that God hath sent his only begotten Son into the world that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
It is very interesting to see what John wants to say in these words.
In other words he said: "if I am born again, then I am love as God is love. Love consists in this: be the first to love without expecting the other to make the first move. Love is: not to need having any return to keep our balance. When I love, then I'm not looking at myself anymore. This is how Christians should act together.
It is not a matter of saying phrases like: "I love you with the love of God", or "remain blessed", while a few minutes before we just show a deplorable attitude towards this very person. If our words don't match together, then we do not love, and if I don't love I miss out a solid spiritual dimension.
It is by realizing more and more what Jesus gave me in each of His sufferings, that I become love.
It is by realizing the unconditional of God towards me, that I become love.
It is sometimes by putting my neighbor before me, that I become love.
It's by agreeing to not always be right that I become love.
We could even extend this list...
Decide to become like God and not to act as God anymore, and your life will dramatically change, you will be the first to benefit from it, because there is more happiness to give than to receive.
Bye for now.