Through and through the Bible calls us to put our faith into action. Today’s Bible verse calls us to look at how Jesus lived and apply this to our life:
Whoever says, “I abide in him,” ought to walk just as he walked. (1 John 2. 6)
What does this express about the Christian life, and how does it encourage you?
“Encourage” is important here. We have a guide and help. St John here, and in the passage the verse is taken from, below, invites us to imitate Christ. Here is the passage from the First letter of John (1 John 2. 5-10)
Whoever obeys his word, truly in this person the love of God has reached perfection. By this we may be sure that we are in him: whoever says, ‘I abide in him’, ought to walk just as he walked.
Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word that you have heard. Yet I am writing you a new commandment that is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. Whoever says, ‘I am in the light’, while hating a brother or sister, is still in the darkness.Whoever loves a brother or sister lives in the light, and in such a person there is no cause for stumbling.
Love is a key word in this passage. Think of a tricky situation in your life, or a difficult relationship. Pray about it in the light of love and ask God to show you how can imitate Christ in your situation.