Doers of the Word

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. 1 John 5:1-2

Yesterday I wrote about what life can be like in a close, happy family. Not every family is like that, and to those with a painful experience of families, the idea of loving and caring for brothers and sisters can seem foreign. Others have been hurt by churches or other Christians, which makes it hard to trust and love the family of God.
John gives us a way to know whether we are loving the family of God. He says that we love our brothers when we love and obey God. When it's hard to love people - who make mistakes and can even sin against others in purpose - remember to obey God first. If you love and obey Him, you will be showing love to God's people.
So even if you're not “feeling it,” you can remember what John said is the number-one way to love others: care for them materially as you are able.

Questions for reflection and discussion
1. What other biblical commands or instructions can help you show love?
2. Is connecting with others hard for you? How can you stretch yourself to love others?

Dear God, I have been hurt by others. Protect me from bitterness and help me have faith to obey You. In Jesus’ name, amen.