Daily Devotion on 1 John 5:1-5
Text: 1 John 5:1-5
How do you show someone that you love them?
In his book The Five Love Languages Dr. Gary Chapman does a great job at explaining how two people, specifically a husband and wife can best demonstrate the love they feel for each other. Each of us is wired to prefer certain types of love over others. Dr. Chapman explains we all have a priority list when it comes to the five love languages: words of affirmation, quality time, receiving gifts, acts of service, and physical touch.
John, inspired by the Holy Spirit, approaches the subject of showing love to others in a slightly different way. “This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.”
How will loving God and carrying out his commands make my wife know that I love her? How will loving God and carrying out his commands make my son, my family, my friends know that I love them?
It’s simple really.
When God created this world he not only set the standard for how we should live in relation to him, he also set the standard of how to live in relation to one another. It all boils down to love, a word John used five times in three verses. We are to love each other unconditionally as God has loved us.
Sounds hard, sounds impossible, and John claims that God’s commands are not burdensome! Well, John does not leave us hanging. He does not simply tell us to love others by loving God and loving to keep God’s commands. All of it is done through faith in Jesus, the Son of God.
Easter Sunday we were reminded of all that Jesus did for us through is life, death and resurrection. We will never be able to live or love perfectly, but in Jesus we are strengthened to try. We already have victory in Jesus. In this victory we learn how to love.
Prayer: Heavenly Father you know that daily we struggle against the desire to love ourselves and ignore your commands. Help us to overcome these temptations. In your Son we find the strength to live according to your will. We praise you for your victory over this world which enables us to live for you this side of eternity. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.