1 John 5 Devotion Sharing

Submitted by Esther Kang, Gracepoint Berkeley

What is love? To walk in obedience to his commands

What is worldly def of love? An intense feeling of deep affection; romantic love

What can I learn about nature of biblical love? It’s about action like walking.  Love is about obedience.  Love is about not doing what I want or getting something I want or being treated a certain way.  Love isn’t merely a feeling or sentimental thoughts.  Rather, love is all about obeying God’s commands.  God’s command is simple to love others.  A life of love is all about walking in love.  Imagery of walking, I think of someone going from one point to another point.  That means love is about going from person A to person B or place A to place B in order to carry out acts of love.  That means that I shouldn’t expect to be loved or treated a certain way or I shouldn’t expect others around me to come to me to love me.

Reflect on the words “command,” “obedience,” and “love” and how they relate to each other.

God’s command is simple and boiled down to “love”.  Loving people is not an option. Love is something we’ve been commanded to do from the beginning.  Therefore, my love for God will be displayed through my obedience to God’s command and what he says to me.  As it says in  1 John 5:3 “This is love for God: to obey his commands.  And his commands are not burdensome.”, obedience isn’t burdensome in the context a love relationship.  You want to listen and obey to the person that you love.

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One Response to “1 John 5 Devotion Sharing”

  1. John Steele says:

    This is indeed a great chapter (and book) of true love. However I am confused about vv 16-17 where John speaks of a sin that leads to death, and that we are not to pray for this. Normally this is thought of as the unforgivable sin of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (ie a failure to repent). But could it mean a sin that leads to (physical) death. That is, an unrepented sin and the ‘sinner’ has now died. This would make sense since death is the end of the opportunty we have for repentance and prayers for the dead are wasted words. What do you think?

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