We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death.
1 John 3:14 (NIV)
Our love for one another is the fruit, not the root of our relationship with God. John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, taught that our love for others flows or emerges from our relationship with God; that anyone born of God who knows God will love with the love of God.
As God cleanses our insides with the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ, we pass from “death to life” (1 John 3:14). We are then transformed from people who are selective in who and how we love into people energized by God’s spirit to love one another abundantly and unconditionally.
It takes faith to love another with the God kind of love. True love starts with God. Yes,God loved you first, and your ability to love others comes from your connection with God. God loved you; now, you love others, and that allows others to see God in you. Love is the badge of believers, it is through our love for others that people know we are God’s disciples.
I Declare: The love of God has been shed upon my heart, I am able to love others because I know God. I have been moved from dead to life. I am recreated to love!
Ignite Thought: Your love for people is the proof of your connection to true life.