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On Sunday, September 18th, we discussed one of the most intimidating words known to man: love. Especially from a religious context, love can be quite a loaded word, because religion frequently calls us to love everyone, and that can be a rather tall order.
In the study of 1 John 1:8-2:6, there is evidence that, even in the very early Church, there were disagreements about what they should prioritize, and that these disagreements were significant enough to cause real division. This is interesting because in modern times, when debating modern disputes, we often look to the Bible for a historical basis of truth, yet this passage indicates that these past answers probably never truly existed.
The attitude towards sin in the passage seems a bit contradictory upon first reading, saying both not to sin, and that anyone who claims to not sin is a liar. There’s no way to win! But upon closer reading, the true message is not about sin, but rather about love. 1 John 2:3-4 emphasize the importance of keeping Christ’s commands. Whenever asked what God commanded, Jesus almost always answered with some variation of “love one another.” This makes love the most fundamental of all Christian commands.
Thus, according to 1 John, the most important way to follow Christ is by keeping and obeying his commands, most important of which is to love. This becomes even more interesting because the word “keep” and “obey” in the passage were translated from the same word, “teras,” also meaning “to guard.” We must be guardians of love, keepers of love, and defenders of love. Other laws specified in the Bible are guidelines on how to guard love, but guarding love remains the ultimate goal.
Consider: How do you guard love? How do you carry out the most important command?
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