We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.1 John 3:14(NASB)
Christ Jesus is the incarnate Son of God Who came to earth to reveal the love of the Father towards fallen man so that by grace through faith in His death, burial, and Resurrection we might be forgiven of our sins, be brought back into fellowship with our Heavenly Father, and be given God's life, light, love, and compassion in our heart as we abide in Him and He in us.
But His work on the Cross would also invalidate and destroy the works of the devil, transferring all who believe in Him from the kingdom of darkness and death into the kingdom of light and life, only found in Jesus Christ the beloved Son of the Father and Saviour of the world.
When we are born from above, we receive a new nature from our Heavenly Father, a new life in Christ, and a citizenship in heaven. When we are born again, we become a new creation in Christ, we are removed from bondage to sin and death, and brought into the glorious freedom of Christ's perfect righteousness. When we are saved by grace through faith in Him, we are given His resurrected life: "And we know that we have passed out of death and into life because we love our brothers and sisters in Christ."
It is the love of Christ that is shed abroad in our heart, and it is the love of our Heavenly Saviour that is manifested in our Christian walk. It is God's love that has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, and it is His love that flows through us to others. And we know that we have passed from death to life simply because we love one another, for he who does not love as Christ loves continues to abide in death, but when Christ is our portion "we love because He first loved us."
Heavenly Father, thank You for my brothers and sisters in Christ. Thank You that we all have the common bond of Jesus and the sweet fellowship it brings into our lives. I pray that I may love my Christian family deeply, through good times and bad, to Your praise and glory. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.
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