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. – 1 John 2:3-6.
We become like Jesus by keeping our eyes on the glory of the Lord. Not on self-effort but on what He is effecting into our hearts.
“[F]or it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13.
God Himself is making the changes in our lives as we live in the Spirit and walk in His will.
We find ourselves manifesting the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. We find ourselves becoming loving persons. Love is the foundation of all other virtues. We become easier to live with, more attractive, more compelling as we become good, faithful, patient, kind, gentle, and exercise more self-control.
He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. 1 John 2:6.
Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. Galatians 5:26.
When our gaze is focused on the Lord and we walk by His Spirit, we stop being conceited. We stop envying and provoking one another.
Our lives start to deepen as we lose our shallow worldliness; we are more understanding since we overlook the faults of others and make allowance for their weakness in the knowledge that God overlooks and forgives our faults and sins. That is the work of the Lord in us as we walk in the Spirit in the light of His word.
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. – 2 Corinthians 3:18.
Notice what it says: this transformation comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit – “just as by the Spirit of the Lord”. We become like Him when we allow Him to make us and mold us according to His will. The more we look at Him, we become like Him. When that happens, we start reflecting Him to all those around us.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-25.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.