A thought from today's study in 1 John
How can you be assured you are "of the truth?” You have compassion for other believers. How can you say you are in a life-transforming relationship with God if you do not show love to your other brothers? This is the outward sign of what God inwardly has put into you and means to you. Your relationship with God will overflow outwardly with love for others; an inward change shows in an outward demonstration.
These two are the commandments Jesus gave to His disciples, "You shall love the Lord you God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this, you shall love your neighbor as yourself" (Mark 12:30-31 NASB). This is Jesus’ reiteration and elaboration of the Shema the Jews knew from the Old Testament, the old covenant. Jesus also said, "By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another" (John 13:35 NASB). Are you marked by God in your deeds and truth?