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Friends in Christ Weekly Message
May 20, 2006

     Every person who believes that Jesus is, in fact, the Messiah, is God-begotten. If we love the One who conceives the child, we'll surely love the child who was conceived. The reality test on whether or not we love God's children is this: Do we love God? Do we keep his commands? The proof that we love God comes when we keep his commandments and they are not at all troublesome.
     Every God-begotten person conquers the world's ways. The conquering power that brings the world to its knees is our faith. The person who wins out over the world's ways is simply the one who believes Jesus is the Son of God.

1 John 5:1-5 (Message*)

The commandments of God “are not at all troublesome”? We know that a lot is required of us to be faithful, so this may seem a strange statement to us.

Why is this statement true? Because our faith in Jesus Christ is a “conquering power that brings the world to its knees.” Without that faith, keeping God's commandments might be impossible. But they aren't even troublesome if our faith in Jesus Christ is strong and secure. It becomes second nature to do what God asks of us.

Do you have faith in Jesus Christ? How strong is that faith? Does it make keeping God's commandments “not at all troublesome” for you?

Bill Samuel

* The Message version ©2002 by Eugene H. Peterson.

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