Love is an action verb. It shows up huge in this passage. Let’s take a look.
As always, read it first in your physical Bible; then, read it here and/or on your electronic device.
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.
What does he mean by, “the Christ?” The Christ is the Savior, the Anointed One of Israel, their King, the Messiah. Martha spoke well for us: “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” John 11:27. Our trust is in His Person and in His Plan. We have put all our eggs into His basket, so to speak. We have no “plan B.” It’s all or nothing, and we have chosen to place ALL of our faith and trust in Him. Whatever He says, goes. Period. And what does He say we will do? Love His other children.
2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.
If you want God to know you love Him, then do what He has commanded. What has He commanded?
- We could start with the Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7;
- We find His command to be salt and light;
- Jesus gives more in-depth instructions concerning the 10 Commandments, particularly murder, adultery;
- He deals with love for our enemies and what to do when we are mistreated;
- He deals with prayer, the poor, fasting and worry;
- He instructs us to lay up treasures in heaven instead of in this life;
- He warns us against judging others and teaches us to ask, seek, and knock;
- He exhorts us to enter the narrow gate and stay on the narrow road;
- He warns us that we will be known by our fruit rather than by what we say;
- And to be sure to build our house on the rock of His foundation.
- Skipping to John 6:29 coupled with 14:15, He tells us that our main job is to Believe Him and do what He says. In fact, we prove we believe Him by doing what He says.
- He gives us a new command (different in emphasis from the old Sinai Covenant, which was based on personal obedience in order to be righteous; we are righteous, therefore we obey!), and that command is to love one another (John 13:34).
- For more of His commands, read the Gospels and get charged up!
3 In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.
Our biggest Weapon, our greatest Source, our Advocate, Helper, Counselor, Trail Guide, Friend and Associate is the Holy Spirit. He makes following God’s commands a pleasure–not easy, sometimes, but lightening. We find release from tension with Him when we are obedient. Pay attention to the tension. In this way, we overcome the world with its temptations, lures, traps and hidden snares.
5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
Do we believe that Jesus is who He said He is and that He did what He said He did? YES! Then, let’s believe that His Spirit lives in us and will help us and encourage us to follow Him. As we already know, He’s worth every step and every breath!