And by this we may be sure that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He who says "I know him" but disobeys his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 1 John 2:11OK, so we all, or most of us ... no, wait, SOME of us abide by the traffic laws: stopping at red lights and stop signs, and not passing on solid lines. Why we do obey these laws? We believe in them! We believe that they will save lives, prevent accidents, and is the right thing to do. Simple logic, yes? So those of us who obey God's commandments obey them because we believe in them. We believe in God and believe they save lives (souls), prevent bad decisions, and is basically the right thing to do. We believe in God, in Jesus Christ and his Word. Have you ever known people that are not living according to the Commandments? Are they happy people? Are they getting anywhere positive? Or do they seem to be simply turning in circles in no real direction? Now let me show you the last verse in this reading:
But he who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. 1 John 2:11Those who chose to abide by the commandment to love God and thy neighbor can SEE clearly the truth. Those who ignore this live in a darkness that gives no love in return. They are blinded by their own decisions. They do not see God in their daily lives; they do not necessarily believe in Him. Perhaps they refuse to believe in him. But see their lives! With God, there is hope, love, and goodness! With God there is joy! It's not always perfect living, health, and wealth, but without God, well, I don't want to know what life without God is like.
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About the Author
Ebeth Weidner, a Master Catechist and cradle Catholic who considers herself a Catholic information junkie, writes from her heart about the faith and hope she finds in the Catholic Church. She is the author of “A Catholic Mom Climbing the Pillars” blog. She is the wife of a research science Professor and mom to 3 great young adults people living on the coastal side of North Carolina.