1 John 2:3-6NAS
By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. 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; 5 but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: 6 the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.
A great many people claim to know God. They call themselves Christians and say, “The LORD told me this… “or” “The LORD told me that….” Yet, it’s not just what we say that proves we know Jesus, it’s how we live. The Bible says if we are abiding in Him, we will live as He lived.
How did Jesus live? First and foremost, He lived a life of love.
Jesus didn’t live for Himself. He didn’t seek to do His own will. He lives to do the will of His Father. He lived to pour out His life for others.
You might say it this way: Jesus lived to give Himself away.
Worldly people don’t understand that kind of life. They’ll warn you against it. They’ll say, “If you live like that, you’ll be miserable…. You’ll never have any fun…. You’ll never get anywhere…. You’ll be a weakling, and people will walk all over you!” But don’t listen. They don’t know what they’re talking about.
Jesus lived like that and His life was wonderful! He walked the earth in total victory. He defeated Satan and destroyed his works at every turn. Everywhere He went He loved people. He made the blind see, the deaf hear and the lame walk. He cast out demons and raised the dead. He made people know the love of God.
No matter how the world tries to convince us that it’s more rewarding to live in sin and selfishness than in love and obedience. Jesus proved it’s not. He lived the most rewarding life in history.
If you’ll live the life of love by faith in Jesus, you’ll have the same kinds of experiences He had. Jesus said in John 14:12 you’ll even do the works He did. You won’t be cheated out of the good things in life. On the contrary, you’ll enjoy the most thrilling life of victory you could ever imagine. You’ll experience God pouring His power out through you. You’ll know the joy of The LORD.
Now, that’s what I call a life worth living!
Excerpt from “LIMITLESSLOVE” by Kenneth & Gloria Copeland