1 John 5:1
“5 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves His child as well.”
It isn’t easy to love others. Not the way God loves us. That is why John spent so much time on this topic. So, what does that look like? We are not to limit our kindness, our time, nor our cares to our denomination, race, or religion. As the body of Christ, we all come from MANY different walks. And remember, we are all children of God. Whether you agree with my theology, or my personality, God wants you to love (even) me. Those who aren’t yet saved are ALL potential believers and we are to treat them that way! Even if they wronged YOU or someone you love. Even if they are REALLY bad in your eyes. Remember, Jesus died for their sins too.
Jesus clears this up for us in Luke Chapter 6:
“32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”
John makes it clear in the beginning of his statement just HOW we are born again (by believing that Jesus is our PERSONAL messiah sent from God). In the 2nd part of his statement, he tells us to act like it!
What will we take home from this experience? What ACTION can you start making on a daily basis that proves you are born of God and love others?