8 years ago on Valentine’s Day, I started a relationship with the man that God made for me. We were friends first, man and wife next, and, now, we are parents. We learn more about each other every day, but our love isn’t rooted in words that can be written on paper or on the long list of facts we’ve learned. A love inspired by God grows deeper with connection. A relationship brought together by the Father is forged and matured in faith, trust, and time.
In the love letter of 1 John, we are reminded of the beauty of truth and our connection with Christ; a bond we often aspire to imitate in our relationships. Our salvation is not a prize to be won or a reward to be earned. The knowledge of Christ is a link with the son of God.
We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.
1 John 2:3
Salvation is offered freely from Christ, and we maintain it through a lifelong relationship with Him. There isn’t a winding path to enlightenment or a theological reading quota required to discover our path to eternity. We cannot fully know the goodness of the Lord through facts just as we don’t maintain our earthly relationships solely through details.
The deeper we grow in our faith and the closer we draw to Him, the more we look and live like Him. We model ourselves after the things that we admire and love. Our relationship with Christ goes deeper than any other in that it changes us. Our spiritual DNA is constantly moving and strengthening as we walk in-step with the Savior.
Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did. 1 John 2:6
The urge to conform love to society’s standards grows stronger as generations pass. The world urges us to believe that God alters with the progression of time and culture, but, in truth, He never changes. The connection that binds us still requires the same sacrifices. We must take up our crosses and follow Him. Love, even in its fallible earthly form, never promises easy. Love never changes to suit the needs of the flesh. When we comprise and improve for those we hold dear, we also give up selfish pursuits to emulate and follow Christ.
Truly knowing God and loving Him, is a choice made for thousands of mornings. It’s a daily decision to follow even when you cannot see the path, and to love even when it hurts. We can learn every fact and read every book, but the knowledge that God requires takes a lifetime of surrender.
As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.
1 John 2:27
While the world shows us love in curated scenes and demands facts and figures before faith, we find the place in our hearts where the Holy Spirit dwells and we hold tightly to it. We know Him, and He is the unsurpassed authority on life, love, and eternity. We can seek information in the world, but only through the teaching and the love of the Father can we acquire knowledge so full of faith and confidence that we do not flinch at a doubt or cower to the enemy. Only in that connection and through that God-level love can we find our forever.