“We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands. The man who says, ‘I know him,’ but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.” (1 John 2:3–6, NIV 1984).
My Musings – “[He] now realized that his new beliefs were encouraging new behaviors. He was behaving differently than when he kept returning to the same [old beliefs]. He knew that when you change what you believe, you change what you do. Old beliefs do not lead you to new behavior.” (“Who Moved My Cheese?” by Spencer Johnson, M.D.).
We cannot rightfully say that we genuinely have a new belief (“I know Him“) and continue with the same old sinful behavior. Whoever claims to have these new beliefs (“to live in Him“), will “walk as Jesus did.” It may not happen overnight. There will be relapses. A consistent walk will take some time to develop. But if the Holy Spirit lives within you (the result of true faith in Christ), it will come. Because if you really do change who you believe in, you really will change what you do.
My Advice – If you have not come to a believe in Christ, my blog series “The Born Again Experience” can show you how. Because believing in Christ is much different than believing about Christ. If you already do believe in Christ, but need some help in changing old behaviors and habits, my blog series “Got Spiritual Milk?” can help you along. Because believing in Christ must inevitably result in growing in Christ.