1 John 5:4 – Verse of the Day 1/5/14
In 1 John 5:4-5 John stresses the moral implications of our belief that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. If we truly believe that Jesus was who He claimed to be then our lives must be transformed by our desire to follow Him. This exhortation calls to mind what John said earlier in 2:12-14, where he challenges Christians to follow Christ in obeying the law of love on the one hand, and offers us the assurance that our ability to follow Christ is itself an ability that He has promised to give us on the other.
As you pray, thank God for the victory over death that is ours in Christ. Ask the Lord to help you to see areas of your life that need repentance. Ask the Lord to enable you to live out the law of love, and that you would demonstrate your faith in Christ by seeking to follow His commands that lead to freedom and true life. Thank Him that your salvation depends not on your obedience but on His mercy, and pray that you would respond to that mercy with a life of grateful obedience.