1 John 5:1-12
While in college, I knew an outstanding athlete who was faithful about his conditioning and preparation for competition. He was committed to putting in more time, effort, and practice than his competitors. That is how he approached his training and that is what others observed of him. Our beliefs are often observable to others.
In the first epistle of John, we are told about the victory that has overcome the world—our faith in Jesus as the Christ and Son of God. John speaks about our expressions of faith through our loving—loving others as God’s children and loving God by carrying out his commands. If we believe in Jesus as the Christ and love him, this is what we are called to do. In Matthew 22, Jesus summarized God’s commands as such loving, saying. “All the Law and Prophets hang on these two commands.” (Matt 22:37-40)
How we interact in the world around us says a lot about what we truly believe. Our expressions of love and compassion toward others are a vital part of our Christian ministry and also an observable expression of our love for God. How are you expressing your love for God toward his people around you?
Prayer: Loving God of all, help us to see others as your children and to faithfully love them in all of our words and actions—trusting in Jesus Christ as your Son and as our Lord and Savior. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Rev. Robert V. Alle, NALC Pastor.