After reading through the first chapter of 1 John, where John emphasizes the importance of true fellowship with the Lord, we hear some comforting words in 1 John 2. Verse two tells us that Jesus is our Advocate, in other words someone who speaks in court on behalf of a defendant. And not only does He speak in our defense, He is also the One who paid our penalty (or bail) for us! When I think of how often I fail Jesus and yet how much He still loves me despite that fact, I am amazed at His grace.
Our life as Christians should be characterized by obedience, not out of obligation but out of a thankful heart! “…whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected.” (vs. 5) It’s easy to say I know God and another thing to really follow Him. What an amazing truth that “the true Light is already shining” and giving me the help I need to abide in Jesus.