Thursday 12 March, 2015

1 John 5:1-5

5 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3 In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

We read here that loving God and loving His children (people) is intertwined. As a mother, I can confirm that this rings true. When someone demonstrates love to one of my children, it’s as if it was done to me as well.  And this makes me very happy! Occasionally I hear the sentiment – ‘I love God – it’s people that I have a problem with’.  This of course, in reality, doesn’t work, because to love God is to love the things that God loves and God loves all people as His children.

Similarly, we sometimes say that we love God and yet we have no intention of following His word and His ways. But the proof that we love God comes as we keep His commandments.

These are challenging statements. My selfishness and stubbornness sometimes gets in the way of loving people and following God’s way instead of my own. But these are the only true ways to demonstrate my love for God.

Today (and every day) I need to reorient myself to ask God what is important to Him – and then choose to make His priorities my priorities… And the result that is promised here in this passage: Victory that overcomes the world (yes, please!).

Written by Shelley Witt

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