We continue to read through sections of 1 John. The theme is knowing what love is. The model is Jesus Christ giving his life for others. The invitation is to open our hearts to the same kind of love and then let that love flow through us to those in need.
16 This is how we know what love is:Christ gave his life for us. We too,then,ought to give our lives for others! 17 If we are rich and see others in need,yet close our hearts against them,how can we claim that we love God? 18 My children,our love should not be just words and talk;it must be true love,which shows itself in action.
19 This,then,is how we will know that we belong to the truth;this is how we will be confident in God’s presence. 20 If our conscience condemns us,we know that God is greater than our conscience and that he knows everything. 21 And so,my dear friends,if our conscience does not condemn us,we have courage in God’s presence. 22 We receive from him whatever we ask,because we obey his commands and do what pleases him. 23 What he commands is that we believe in his Son Jesus Christ and love one another,just as Christ commanded us. 24 Those who obey God’s commands live in union with God and God lives in union with them. And because of the Spirit that God has given us we know that God lives in union with us.
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