1 John, Devotional, New Testament

Born of God (1 John 5:1-3 Devotional)

5 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has become a child of God. And everyone who loves the Father loves his children, too. 2 We know we love God’s children if we love God and obey his commandments. 3 Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome.

Jesus is Christ. It’s plain and simple and it’s the center of the doctrine. Our spiritual life begins with believing Jesus is Christ. (Be careful: Not Christ was in Jesus. Or, not Jesus was one of the “Christs”). Many people refused to believe it and find it hard to accept it. I thank God that He revealed Himself to us and gave us the faith to trust Jesus is Christ.

Accepting this truth transforms us to become children of God. Jesus said we must be born again (John 3:5) and born of God.

 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit.

John 3:5

Loving God’s children is a given when one loves God and obeys Him. to John, these are indistinguishable. We cannot love God without loving God’s children. What you do think? The integrity of our love of God is manifested in our love of God’s children.

Many people are afraid of becoming a Christian because they think there are many rules to follow and things to give up. John says it here very clearly that “His commandments are not burdensome”. It is also clear that the commandments are loving God and loving the children of God. Love is a powerful thing. When you love someone, you are willing to do everything for him/her and you would do it cheerfully. That’s exactly why it’s not burdensome.

Lastly, some Christians seem to enjoy a “romantic” relationship with Jesus. If you are not one of the “romantic” bunch, I have good news for you. The Bible defines clearly what it means to love God – KEEPING HIS COMMANDMENTS.

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