A culture of love is what it would take for us to shine for Jesus in this world. The way to foster love within the Body of Christ can only be done through believers engaging in the living and abiding Word of Christ.
Our vertical love for God must transform our horizontal love for others. Christ demonstrated His love toward His disciples by dying for them, serving them, caring for them, forgiving and investing in them. As followers of Christ, we are called to do the same to one another in Christ.
God loves us and therefore we must love one another. John gave us three important reasons to love one another: 1) Theological 2) Reciprocal 3) Practical. While loving others can sometimes feel like losing, in reality, loving others demonstrates for us that we have received the Holy Spirit and we can have confidence in the Final
The Golden Rule tells us to do to others as you want others
In 1 John 2:3-29, John shared us three tests of life to check if we have eternal life in Christ: 1) Moral 2) Relational 3) Convictional. This messages covers the first two tests (1 John 2:3-11). For the moral test, obedience to God’s commands is a sign that we are alive in Christ. It is not a way to earn salvation but an evidence that we have salvation. For the relational test, our love for another shows us that we walk in the light and our eyes are no longer blinded by Satan.