“By The Spirit Given To Us” (1 John 3: 18, ESV) by Carley Evans

Love not in talk but in deed, says the author of 1 John. “Whoever does not love abides in death.” (1 John 3: 14) If we love one another, then we know we are passed from death into life. “By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our hearts before Him.” (1 John 3: 19)

When we feel unworthy, when “our heart condemns us,” we know that “God is greater than our heart, and He knows everything.” (1 John 3: 20) God knows His own; He hand-picked us. He knows us thoroughly, even the dark places we hide from others and from ourselves. He commands us to “believe in the Name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another.” (1 John 3: 23) As we believe in Jesus, as we love one another, we “abide in God, and God in [us.] (1 John 3: 24)

We live through Jesus. His love emerges from us and flows into the world, being especially available to “the brothers.” We know all this “by the Spirit whom He has given us.” (1 John 3: 24)

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