We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.
1 John 3:14 (NASB)
Thoughts on Today’s Verse
Christ Jesus is the incarnate Son of God Who came to earth to reveal the love of the Father towards fallen man.. so that by grace through faith in His death, burial and resurrection we might be forgiven of our sins; be brought back into fellowship with our heavenly Father and be given God’s life, light, love and compassion in our heart, as we abide in Him and He in us.
But His work on the cross would also invalidate and destroy the works of the devil.. transferring all who believe in Him from the kingdom of darkness and death into the kingdom of light and life, which is only found in Jesus Christ – the beloved Son of the Father and Saviour of the world.
When we are born from above we receive a new nature from our heavenly Father – a new life in Christ and a citizenship in heaven. When we are born again we become a new creation in Christ and are removed from bondage to sin and death and brought into the glorious freedom of Christ’s perfect righteousness. When we are saved by grace through faith in Him we are given His resurrected life: and we know that we have passed out of death and into life because we love our brothers and sisters – in Christ.
It is the love of Christ that is shed abroad in our heart – and it is the love of our heavenly Saviour that is manifested in our Christian walk. It is God’s love that has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit and it is His love that flows through us to others.. so that we know that we have passed from death to life.. simply because we love one another – for he who does not love as Christ loves continues to abide in death – but when Christ is our portion we love, because He first loved us.
Heavenly Father, Thank You that You loved me so much that You send Your only begotten Son to die on the cross to pay the price for my sins.. May the love of Christ so fill me that I may become a channel of Your love.. streaming out to others in all I say and do – to Your praise and glory, in Jesus name I pray.. AMEN.