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We Are in Him

Make a Faith Journal Using the Bless Method | We Are in Him | August 30, 2023 | 1 John 2:5

Date: August 30, 2023

I use the BLESS method every morning for my devotional. 

B - Bible Verse
L - Listen for God's Voice and pray
E - Explore the History and meaning
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases
S - Summarize and Share

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B - Bible Verse: "But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him." 1 John 2:5

L - Listen for God's Word and pray: Dear God, open my heart to Your Word and help me understand the significance of obeying it. Guide me in my journey to grow closer to You through my obedience and love.

E - Explore the History and Meaning: The apostle John, in his letter to the early Christian community, emphasizes the importance of obedience as a tangible expression of our love for God. This verse emphasizes that genuine love for God is revealed through obedience to His Word. It's not just about following rules, but about our hearts aligning with His will.

S - Study the Key Words or Phrases:

Obey His Word: This speaks to the action of putting God's teachings into practice, allowing them to shape our lives.

Love for God: This signifies a deep, genuine affection and devotion to God.

Truly made complete: Obedience is a vital component that brings our love for God to its fullest potential.

This is how we know we are in Him: Our obedience to God's Word serves as evidence of our intimate relationship with Him.

S - Summarize and Share: 

This verse speaks to my heart because it reminds me that our journey with God isn't just about attending church or reading the Bible; it's about something much deeper. It's about obedience, that beautiful dance between our hearts and God's Word.

When I read this verse, I'm reminded of my own journey. I've realized that my love for God grows when I align my actions with His teachings. It's like building a bridge between His heart and mine. When I make choices that reflect His wisdom and kindness, it's as if I'm drawing closer to Him with every step.

Think about it: we can listen to sermons, join Bible studies, and recite verses, but it's when we put those words into action that something truly magical happens. It's in those moments of obedience, whether big or small, that we feel His presence in a profound way. It's like He's saying, "Yes, dear one, you're walking with Me."

So, let's make this personal. What's one area in your life where God's Word is inviting you to obey? Maybe it's forgiveness, patience, or kindness. Whatever it is, remember that each step of obedience is a step closer to God's heart.

Let's be a living testament to our love for Him by living out His Word. As we do, let's celebrate the joy that comes with aligning our lives with His truth. It's not about perfection; it's about a genuine desire to follow Him. And as we take these steps, we'll find ourselves more rooted in His love than ever before.

4 Bible Cross References:

John 14:15 - "If you love me, keep my commands."

John 15:14 - "You are my friends if you do what I command."

James 1:22 - "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says."

Matthew 7:21 - "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven."

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