The object then will be to make our independence a blessing. To do this we must secure our union on solid foundations; an herculean task and to effect which mountains of prejudice must be leveled! It requires all the virtue and all the abilities of the Country. ... We know each others sentiments, our views are the same: we have fought side by side to make America free, let us hand in hand struggle to make her happy.
~~Alexander Hamilton to John Laurens, August 15, 1782

Word for Wednesday: 1 John 2:3-11

I have been going through the three epistles of John, and have been meditating on them lately. The permeating theme in these letters is "love" -- that is, God's definition, and not the world's. Love is the nature of God. All of His justice, mercy, glory -- all of these atributes spring from His perfect love.

Since God is love, we, having been born again to Him are to partake of His nature. God wants us to be perfected in love. Love is the mark of the true believer, for it cannot be counterfeited or faked for long, especially in the hour of trial. God tests the hearts, and He knows how much we truly love Him and love those who have fellowship with Him.

Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning. Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining.
He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

2 comments:

  1. akaGaGa said...

    Good post, Herky, and you're right. Love cannot be faked well, and I believe that the trials coming to our country will separate those who walk in the light from those who walk in the darkness.

    Thanks for participating. I put your link on my blog.

  2. Hercules Mulligan said...

    Hi Jean. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.

    I'm sorry I didn't enter my link in the Mr. Linky widget myself; I was in a rush when I published this. Wednesday was very busy for me. Whew!

    I think you are right. What you said reminds me of the words of Jesus concerning the last days: "the love of many will grow cold." Now, the world has never loved. If we think we are seeing unprecedented hatred in our day, I think we are ignorant of the barbarities that have dominated civilizations throughout history. During Jesus' time, atrocities were part of the Roman world.

    What I am trying to say is, that Jesus' words seem to make more sense (but this is only a theory) when applied to those who claim to be His followers.

    How we will need to remember the advice from Psalm 118: It is better to trust in the Lord than in the arm of man.

    Thanks for reading, and linking to my post. :)

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