Faith: The Grace-Driven Path to Love

The bulk of the Apostle John’s first epistle is devoted to love, the Christ-enabled “key to Christian identiy.” But in 1 John 5:1-5 the Apostle defines faith as the grace-driven road to encountering the love of God, and the medium by which we receive the ability to love our Creator, neighbor, and enemy.

  1. In 1 John 5:1, John writes, “everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of Him.” Why is it important for Christians to love one another? Why do we struggle to love one another?
  2. What do you think John means when he writes in 1 John 5:2, “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey His commandments?” How is our love for other people dependent on God’s love?
  3. What is the “victory” over the world that John describes in 1 John 5:4? How is this victory obtained?

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