In the book of 1 John, there is a great emphasis on love.
When I think of things I love, many come to mind! In no specific order: I love my family, I love sweet treats, I love running, I love my fiancé, I love Netflix, I love coffee, and lastly, I love cozy blankets! All of these things I love, but in different ways. I love my fiancé in a much different way than I love sweet treats! I love my family in a different way than I love watching Netflix.
What I’m getting at here is, there are different kinds of love we have for different things in our lives.
Taking a look at the love mentioned in 1 John 5, it is talking about the deepest form of love: in the original Greek, it’s called agape. In 1 Corinthians 13, we get a definition of what this agape love looks like. Agape love is patient, kind, not envious, not boastful, is not prideful, and is not rude. Agape love is the love of God for us, and this is the type of love He desires for us to express to those around us.
“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.”
1 John 5:1-2
Our love for the body of Christ reflects our love for God, and our love for God and our obedience to God is a demonstration of love to the body of Christ.
To put it simply, if you love the parent, you will love the child—meaning if you love God (the Father), you will love His children. Our love demonstrated to the people around us is a direct reflection of our love for God. It is all related! What a beautiful picture!
No matter race, no matter political stance, no matter social status, we all have one common factor that holds us together that is far greater than any of these: OUR SALVATION!
Today my hope is that 1 John 5:1-2 speaks Truth to your heart. I challenge you: let’s be a reflection of our Father today and love those around us well!