Love, Faith & Truth

lovefaithtruthThere is no pick and choose between love, faith and truth as a Christian. Hearing true gospel gives us the faith and this saving faith produces love in our life. John, known as the apostle of love talked a lot about loving one another in his first epistle. Today’s text from 1 John is the third time he expounded on this topic of love for our brothers and sisters. Eventhough he referred to loving others, there is an implied question, Do we love God? since loving others is an evidence that we love him as a child of God. What is our answer to this question? How can we know if we love God and his children? How is this love connected with faith and truth?

Why is this love so important? Do we love God? When asked for the first time, we may say a big “yes” but when asked repeatedly, we may have to think more each time and it will bring us to realize our real love for God. We see such repeated question and confirmation of love when Jesus asked Peter  John 21:15–17, “Do you love me?” 3 times, Peter was convicted of his love for God when Jesus asked this 3 times and he was restored. This is a significant realization which gives the confidence in our walk in Christ as it shows our true faith and what we believe. When John repeats this importance of love, what is our answer for the implied question? We cannot just say that we love God without practicing love in our life, John has has shown what it means to love God not just once, but many times. Do you have this fruit of love in your life?

5 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3 In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome – 1 John 5 1-3

Love: John has clearly explained in this text and in earlier sections that loving God must result in loving others as well. This is not an option but the basic evidence that we belong to the family of God. Many times we find it hard to love others because we depend love based on the person rather than the love of God in us and our human reasoning defines who we can love. We all have our faults and not perfect. Think about this, we are not perfect to be loved by God but still he showed his unconditional, selfless and sacrificial love to us and expects that we share this love with our brothers and sisters not just because they are wonderful people to love but based on the love of God. What is the source for our love?

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”-Matthew 22:37-40

Faith: In fact, Jesus said these are the top two commandments that we should love God and others. But with our fallen nature, we were against God. How can we love God? Here is the good news that sounds so good every time. When we have faith in Jesus, God makes us a new creation out of the old fallen creation and with this new creation through Christ, we are restored to love God with a wonderful relationship with him and also with others.

Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.- John 14:23

4 For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world,even our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. – 1 John 5:4-5

It is with this faith and love in Jesus the commandments of God becomes a joy for us rather than a burden in our walk. How do you feel about loving God and others, living a regenerated life according to the word of God? If it is burdening us, we better evaluate our love for God. Through this faith, God has enabled us to walk a victorious life overcoming all the temptations and attractions of the flesh.

9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which He has testified of His Son. 10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son. 11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. – 1 John 5:9-12

17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. – Romans 10:17

Truth: God has given his testimony through his word and holy spirit guides us in this true living word. This testimony of the trinity tells us that Jesus Christ came as a son of God and human. Jesus showed us God’s love and he died for our sins and redeemed us from eternal death. We are born again when we are coming in Christ. Faith comes from hearing the true gospel message and he has given us his holy spirit who teaches us in all that we need to know about Christ. Are we walking in this truth?

Every word of God is written for a purpose and when John talked about love repeatedly, it calls for an action and shows how important this has to be in our life. By hearing the truth, we have faith in Jesus and when we believe Jesus as the Christ, we are restored our relationship and are in love with God. This love manifests itself when we love our brothers and sisters in Christ. This genuine evidence of love in our life can give us the confidence and when we don’t have this fruit of love, it convicts us about our relationship with God. Do we have the truth in us which gives the faith in Christ? Do we love God? Do we love his children?

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4 thoughts on “Love, Faith & Truth

  1. Thank you for your message Peter, yes Love is very important without it we don’t have Faith because Faith is shown in Love.

    As we know when Jesus was saying to Peter do you Love me, He was using the word Agape, meaning selfless, sacrificial, unconditional Love, the highest kind of Love, this is the same as Jesus has for us but Peter’s love was a different type of love, this word means worldly love that is based on feelings, when we follow Jesus we won’t always be Happy Clappy do we Love Him enough to suffer for Him as others have, even today Christians are being persecuted and killed and this will increase.

    Without Jesus indwelling us, we can’t have Godly Love, He rises in our hearts, when we are Born again of The Spirit and we are than conformed into His image having God’s seed 1John3:9 and so we are in the Kingdom of God and it is within us for Eternity. We Seek , Ask and Knock as Jesus told us to do so we will be complete.

    Being part of God’s Church which is of the heart not a Denomination or a building, is all about who our focus is on and that needs to be God, He is Love and as you said Peter when we Love God it is shown by our Love for others in our actions and not just words.

    1John 4 :20 -21 If a man say, I Love God, and hateth his brother/sister, he is a liar: for he that Loveth not his brother/sister whom he hath seen, how can he Love God whom he/she hath not seen? And this Commandment have we from Him, That he who Loveth God Love his brother/sister also.

    John 13:34-35, A new Commandment I give unto you, That ye Love one another; as I have Loved you, that ye also Love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my Disciples, if ye have Love one to another.

    Christian Love from us both – Anne

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