Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?1 John 5:1-5
This little passage is pretty interesting. It kind of repeats the same saying over and over, but it’s a great thing to be said. If we believe in Jesus, then we love the Father and we love all other children of God. Then the thing that can prove that we believe is to follow His commandments, which all boils down to loving one another.
This past week the youth group did Spring Break outreach. This is a week-long chance to love the people around us. Sometimes during the week, it felt hard to love the people around me that were being loud and left their trash all over. It felt like a burden, but here John says that it isn’t a burden! It’s part of our victory package that we get when we choose to follow Jesus. The love that was once a burden to give is now a free gift that flows from Jesus to me. That love fills up my cup so that it easily pours out on to those around me.
Something to think about this week is if you are struggling to give out love. If it feels like a burden, then remember, with Jesus it is in no way a burden but a victory through Jesus.
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