Have you ever asked for something from God, and not understood why your request was denied? Perhaps, a little bit of bitterness rose up in your hearts because of it? God will sometimes say no to requests because we do not need it, but in today’s post the author will discuss another reason for God saying no.
1 John 3:22 – And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
While this verse does not specifically state a reason for God saying no, it can be used to draw an important principle. Negate the bold keywords in the verse to show the opposite case (not receiving what we ask). It would read something like this:
And whatsoever we ask, we receive not of him, because we keep not his commandments, and do not do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
And thus we have a principle to base the hypothesis on: that God says no when Christians are not obeying Him. Critics would say a loving god would never set such a standard, but the God who rules all of the universe has the right to make the standard. So what is this commandment?
1 John 3:23 – And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
The commandment, very simply put, is be a Christian, and love one another. As was discussed in the last post, telling someone you hate them is not loving one another. Loving people who love you is easy, how about people you would even consider saying “I hate you” to? Recall a statement Jesus Christ made in Matthew 5.
Matthew 5:46 – For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
So are you loving one another? Are you keeping the commandments of God? If you love God and you love people, you will follow the commandments in the Bible. Are you? If you are, then you are in a good position. If not, you really need to consider taking a close look at your own heart.
1 John 3:24 – And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.