Day 5 Read: 1 John 5:1-3
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.
Reflect: Why is loving people one of the clearest indicators of a person’s love for God?
Consider: In 5:1–5 John emphasizes the place of love in fellowship. He links love to faith (5:6–17; Ps. 85:10–11) in cyclical thought. Right belief and right conduct go together (v. 1). The one who believes the truth that Jesus is the divine Messiah (2:22; 4:2, 14–15; 5:5) gives evidence that he has been regenerated. Such faith also means love for both the divine Parent and the child born from him (a universal principle). Faith, doing right (2:29; 3:9–10), and love (4:7) are evidences of birth from God.
Respond: Another indicator John mentions of a person’s love for God is obedience to His commands. Why is it important to remember that God’s commands are not burdensome? How does your obedience to God affect your love for others?
5 James B. De Young, “1-3 John,” in Evangelical Commentary on the Bible, vol. 3, Baker Reference Library (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1995), 1185.