John reminds us that as followers of Christ we should love one another. Why is this so? There are several reasons. Let’s begin here; God first loved us, “10 In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.”
Here’s the second reason. Twice in this passage, in verse 8 and then in verse 16, John tells us that “God is love.” How wonderful is that! Read this over and over again and put it in your heart. “God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them.”
Today and every day let us rely on the love of God, which is alive in all who follow and love the Lord Jesus. God is love! May we live in, think from, and act out of the amazing love of God in Jesus.