Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
And the person who keeps his commandments resides in God, and God in him. Now by this we know that God resides in us: by the Spirit he has given us. 1 John 3.24
Obedience is important. Teaching our children obedience is important. When we teach our children obedience, we are steering them in the right direction. We are helping them to understand that it is important to obey God first and foremost. John tells us that the person who keeps his commandments resides or continues in God. God also continues in him. John also assures us that we can know that God lives in us. How can we know? God gives us his Spirit. The Spirit helps us in our relationship with God. Not in miraculous ways as in the times of the apostles, but in other ways. The fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5.22-23 is in the singular. The characteristics listed in these verses are all a part of the fruit that the Spirit produces in our lives when we remain in God. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are all a part of the fruit that the Spirit produces in our lives. 1 John 5.25 tells us that if we live by the Spirit, then we should also behave in accordance with the Spirit. We will have these characteristics if we remain in God.