Tuesday, October 14
1 John 1:3 We declare to you that which we have seen and heard. We proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.
In First John, we hear many teachings on love in the Christian community, the church. John reminds us that when we love (in selfless ways), we increase our connection to neighbor. Who doesn’t feel the warmth, acceptance and sense of being valued when in the presence of one who loves? Moreover, when we love, we find connection with God. Elsewhere, John says, “Those who abide in love abide in God and God abides in them.” Abiding is not a passing investment. Abiding is a persistent and consistent way of living in love and, therefore, living in God.
Questions for reflection:
Can you think of a time when you felt a part of God’s life as a result of your being inspired to love? What are a few characteristics of that experience?