1 John 3:23-24 – And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he commanded us. Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit he has given us.
In these closing verses to 1 John 3, John reiterates how we are to be known as children of God. First of all, we have to believe in the name of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Second, our belief is not just in word but action as we are called to love one another. We are to keep his commandments which tells us this is an ongoing process of obedience not a one-time decision.
When I place my faith and trust in Jesus Christ and receive his love I am a child of the King! To receive the love of Christ means I am born anew. Therefore, I need to live my life for Him and model the servant leadership of Jesus. I need to walk towards Him and away from sin. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, I must share the love of Christ with others.
Thank you for your love, grace and mercy you give me in Jesus. Let the Spirit guide me to live a life to follow you and love others in obedience.