We know that we have come to know Him if we keep His commands. Whoever says, “I know Him,” but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys His word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in Him: Whoever claims to live in Him must live as Jesus did. 1 John 2:3-6
How did Jesus live? Was He well received by the world? Did He make it His goal to get along with everyone, despite how they lived and what they believed? Absolutely not! Jesus lived for, and through God to accomplish God’s good and perfect will, not His own will. Jesus didn’t plan His life or choose His path in the world; as if God was His servant and subject to His will. Jesus came to share God’s Word with all mankind and show us how to please God by denying our flesh, and living according to His Word. Jesus came and left us an example of unwavering faith giving us a hope for Salvation. He was crucified those He came to save because His message was not in line with the religion they loved. He preached repentance (to turn away from evil) and relationship with God through His Gospel (John 1:14 & 14:6), apart from religion; which embodied the The Law. There are many that would have us falsely believe that Jesus was this “nice” person who got along with everyone for the sake of “peace” on earth, although Jesus Himself says that He did not come to bring peace (see Matthew 10:34-39). On the contrary; Jesus was willing to subject Himself to man’s punishment for the sake of our souls and eternal peace with God the Father. Jesus was persecuted, wrongly accused, insulted, humiliated, mocked, doubted, rejected, betrayed, and hated because He spoke the Word of God. If Jesus would have came and preached that everyone should just get along regardless of beliefs, transgressions and disobedience, the world would love and embrace Him as their own. Think about it, the standard of our faith would be what the world calls being “nice”, easy going or being well liked. The problem with that scenario is that there would be no need for us to change, sacrifice, or repent (to turn away from sinfulness). If God was going to be okay with everyone just playing “nice” there would have been no need for Jesus coming and preaching repentance (Matthew 4:17) and obedience to God’s Word. The result of this everybody gets a mansion no- matter- what philosophy would be a Heaven that is exactly like earth, filled with violence, perversion, hatred, depression etc. I don’t know about you, but that sounds more like Hell to me, and I can confidently say that anyone that embraces such a fallacy is deceived and living a lie.
“Nice” gains the approval of man, and can never meet the high standard of righteousness. Faith gains the approval of God, and results in the righteous reward of Heaven.
Indeed, all who desire to live godly lives in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil men and impostors go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 2 Timothy 3:12-13
You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. James 4:4
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2:15
Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10
How You Living?