“Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness.”
1 John 2:9 ESV
Yesterday, you learnt that God is your Father. Today, we’ll consider the family relationships that comes with sonship.
While you declare that God is your Father all the time with joy and boldness remember that He called you into a family. You’re not an only child, and you should acknowledge that.
The implication of this knowledge and confession is that you are part of a family, with siblings all around the world. Remember that we are all bonded by the blood of Christ shed for us and His Holy Spirit in us.
Christ was initially the only begotten Son of God. By His death and resurrection, He has become the first begotten and made room for us to be a part of God’s big family (Hebrews 2:10, John 14:1-3).
Like our anchor scripture says, your faith in Christ must be accompanied with love for all the saints. If you don’t love the saints, it should be safe to say that you were never saved in the first place.
You should not be seen hating or disliking a fellow brother or sister, someone who Christ died for. In fact, you should be willing to go to great lengths to show love for your brothers and sisters.
“By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.” 1 John 3:16 ESV
Many of Apostle Paul’s letters were predicated by the joy in his heart when he heard that his spiritual sons and daughters are still in the faith and this is shown by how much they love each other.
“We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.” 2 Thessalonians 1:3 ESV
“I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus and for all the saints.” Philemon 1:4-5 ESV
Dear believer, you should seek to do better in your love walk towards other believers. Actively show and profess your love for the family of God by consistently being present and showing up in any capacity you can for your brother and sister in need.
“So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.” Galatians 6:10 ESV
Actively ask a fellow brother and/or sister how you can be there for them today. Reiterate to them how much you love them and how grateful you are to them for being a part of your life and Christian walk.
Bible Reading Plan:
John 10:22-42, I John 2:24-29, Job 12, Ezekiel 33-34