Keeping God’s Word

And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments.
1 John 2:3

What does it mean to “keep” God’s commandments?

I was meditating on that this morning and there’s something really particular about that word.

The image I got was when someone reads the Bible and they instantly forget they have read that day (who’s ever been guilt of that?).

And for me that’s an example of not keeping God’s word.

To keep is to make it ours. Instead, it’s more of pouring over God’s word to see what we can gather to hide in our hearts to listen again and to obey.

It’s like winter is coming and we are storing up all the supplies we can get to pass through the winter. That level of desperation and knowing that the supplies will be used should mark the mind of one who wants to “keep” God’s word.

I feel convicted about not just having a casual reading of God’s word, but to renew a hunger of keeping it.


Posted by Phillip Chan

Phil has been writing in the Black Box for 10 years. His passion is to grow in his love for Jesus to obey his purposes in our generation.


  1. @undefined

    First of all, I love the new layout on your site. It's been awhile since I've been here. Secondly, I'm reminded of Psalm 119:11. David seems to have the desperation you speak of. Nicely done!

    1. Dan Smith

      Sorry to comment again. It's Dan ( For some reason, Twitter didn't connect me right. Didn't want you to think you had a stalker.

      1. phillipchan1

        i remember you dan! bless you dude.–Phillip Chan

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