1 John 3:19–24 (ESV)
Love One Another
By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him; 20 for whenever our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and he knows everything. 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence before God; 22
and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. 24 Whoever keeps his commandments
abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us.
Love must prevail. The Lutheran Study Bible states “our heart condemns us when we
look at our brother, see his needs, and yet excuse ourselves from acting in love. However, in Christ we know that we have passed out of death into life; that is, we have true saving faith, because we love our fellow Christians. Jesus laid down His life for
us. His love for us has covered all our sins. God is greater than our heart, and His sure and certain promises of salvation give us confidence to come before Him.” This reminds me of the song where we sing “They will know we are Christians
by our love.”
I pray: O Lord, help me to lose all hatred and to be full of your love. Your love is complete, where mine is lacking. Shape me and mold me according to your will, and
let others know me by my love. Amen.