In 1 John 5, we read a very basic understanding of earthly love towards Father. In my basic experience of Christianity, I have found that this verse has been grossly misunderstood, and as a result, it has led to much hurt and confusion in the “Christian” community. Many have read the first half of verse three which states, “For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments,” but stop there. This is very dangerous, and in my opinion has led many leaders to blindly fall into a type of manipulation.
Are they quoting scripture? Absolutely. BUT when this part of the verse is left to itself the intention becomes shifted ever so slightly, and the verse becomes performance based. How many pastors and priests tell their congregations “don’t do this or that, but do these things over here”? The devil has been so clever in blocking full revelation of this verse, and it sickens me that children of God everywhere are falling under this sort of oppression. How does it oppress? By distorting this verse in this way, Satan has reduced the Good News of Grace and Love to a list of “do’s and don’ts.” When the list is there, it follows naturally that the people “in charge” of the list then begin to judge those who don’t fit the bill. Therein lays the trap of the enemy; by shifting the focus of love from the second part of the verse (which I will get to in a moment) to the first, he has established a controlling spirit in the church that can give a sense of false righteousness to the leaders, and a sense of condemnation to those being told they don’t love God because they don’t follow the list. Let’s look at the following verses for clarity.