Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves the Son. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith. Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
Pastor John’s Notes:
Love and obedience are inseparable. If we love God, we will begin to orient our lives around him and strive to keep His word. In the original language of the Bible, belief and faith are the same word. When we believe, we are not only intellectually holding something as true, but we are shaping our lives accordingly. These three together bring victorious living.
Heavenly Father, let my love for you grow. Out of my love for you, teach me obedience to your Word. And let me live my life in harmony with everything you reveal to me.