When we “know” God, it does not mean we’ve only been introduced, worked in the same office or even laughed together over a meal. To know God means that we understand His Word; we know what He approves of and does not approve of. Since we have been included under the protection of His family through Jesus Christ the righteous One, we understand that our lives would dishonor Him if we participated in sin (those things He does not approve of) as a daily part of our lives. Knowing Him gives us a recourse, an option, to say no to sin’s powerful bondage. Yet, it’s not always about our willpower but about His kindness and acceptance that encourages us to put aside our old ways of selfish behavior (see Colossians 3: 8-11) and to put on our new self that exudes gratitude toward God (see Col 3: 12-17). Because He has placed worth over our lives, and has treated us as holy, chosen and dearly loved then we truly know and understand that we are worth a Son to God.- Teresa
I John 2: 1-6 (NLT)
1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father-Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.
Love and Hatred for Fellow Believers
3 We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. 4 Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. 5 But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: 6 Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.