1 John 2:4 – He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
John is looking at the over-all character of a person’s life. If someone says he knows God but does not keep His commandments, then it is clear that he is not telling the truth. Disobedience shows a lack of personal knowledge of Christ. To claim to know Christ while disobeying His Word is to lie. Not only does the conflict of word and action make you a liar, but it also shows that the truth is not a controlling influence in your life.
Does this verse mean that every time you find yourself being disobedient to God’s word that you are a liar in God’s eyes? No, what John is saying is that if you live your life in constant disobedience without a repentant heart, then how can you truly know Him and love Him? Jesus said your love for God should motivate you to be obedient to Him. The challenge I have for you this week is to show others you know God by displaying to them your obedience to His word. To do this, first consider the things that come out of your mouth. Would what you say please the Lord? Secind, consider your actions and behavior. Would soneone notice that you being Christ-like? May God bless you.