“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.”
If you love Jesus, you’re going to love the Church. It is because of the nature of the Christian. What is the nature of the Christian? The nature of the Christian is the nature of God. Today’s verse helps us understand both the nature of God and the nature of those who belong to Him.
If you wanted to tell someone what God is like, you’d likely say, “God is love.” Now notice John’s logic. God is love. We are born of God. That is, we have the nature of God. Now, if God is love and I have the nature of God, then I will have love in me. If I don’t have love in me, I don’t have the nature of God. If I don’t have the nature of God, I haven’t been born of God.
Journal some ways your life shows fruit of your relationship with God. Be honest with yourself. You hurt rather than help yourself if you try to come up with things you wish were true but are not yet. Ask God to help you assess yourself rightly and respond to Him in accordance with reality.