Today’s reading: 1 John 1-5; 2 John; 3 John; Jude; Psalm 145
Back in the gospel of John, we heard Jesus giving final instructions to the disciples as they gathered in the upper room. Then he prayed on their behalf. In both the instructions and the prayer, his focus was clear–that they should love each other as he had loved them and that they should be one in heart and mind as he and the Father are one. This would be the way the world would come to recognize them as his disciples.
Not surprisingly, then, this theme is picked up again today in the letters of John. Each letter reiterates the centrality of love as the defining mark of the Christian life. In fact, practicing love is the way we give evidence that we know God. As John says in the first letter, “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:8).
Following yesterday’s reading on putting our faith into action, today John gives us instruction on the driving force between all our actions. Because more than anything else, they’ll know we are Christians. . .by our love.