We are born into a new life, a new relationship with God when we embrace who Jesus is. We cannot dissect the two: love or respect for God and Jesus separately. They are not individual offerings amongst a spiritual buffet where we take one but not the other. A helping of one includes embracing the other. Our love for God overflows into a life lived loving others, and we need not complicate: we love God deeply by loving those close to us, in our homes, in our own fellowships, those with our shared beliefs across the world. Our day to day schedules may look different, but we are bonded in our commitment to observe God’s commandments. To love God is to maintain a dedication to His commandments, and these are not meant to be a burden, not meant to weary. Instead, He intends to lift any weariness, wipe it away, and refresh. Satan wishes for us to fail, and to feel no sense of overcoming victory. Each second, he works hard to make God’s Word appear burdensome. On the contrary, victory is to be ours, even when our own faith struggles to grasp this, there is God and Jesus, holding out the victory flag to us.

{Meditations on 1 John 5: 1-5}

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