Today’s Scripture: 1 John 4:7
“Whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.”
The apostle John gave us yet another indicator of the Spirit’s work within us in 1 John 3:14: “We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers.” Do you love other believers? Do you enjoy gathering with them to worship God?
I once became baffled while seeking to help another believer struggling with assurance. Nothing I suggested seemed to work. Then one day he told me his struggle was over. He’d come across 1 John 3:14. As he thought about that verse, he said, “I do love other believers. I rejoice to be around them and fellowship with them. I must truly be a Christian.” The Holy Spirit had used that Scripture to give him assurance that he was indeed God’s child.
We should ask ourselves if our love for other believers is the kind described in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. Are we patient, kind, gracious, slow to anger, and ready to forgive? None of us can completely measure up to this standard, but do you want to? Do you grieve over your failures in these areas? If so, you love your brothers.
Of course, this indicator (like others) can cut both ways. Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?” (2 Corinthians 13:5).
We should never be afraid to examine ourselves. But when doubts arise, the solution is not to try harder to prove to ourselves that we are believers. The solution is to flee to the cross and to the righteousness of Christ, which is our only hope.
Source: Your Holiness Day by Day | A Devotional by Jerry Bridges