In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. – 1John 3:10
The NIV starts verse 10 out this way, ‘This is how we know’. All throughout Scripture, obedience and love are the hallmarks of a true believer. 1 John 3:10 answers the question every believer should test themselves on: how do I know that I am saved?
God assures believers of their salvation through the Spirit. (1John 3:24) A believer’s renewed heart compels them to obey the will of the Father in obedience to His word and to love God and others in deed and truth. The presence of Christ in a believer is unmistakable to them over time.
And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us. – 1John 3:24
Obedience and love. Like all of Scripture, 1 John chapter 3 continues to return to these two hallmarks of a believer. As you read through today’s Scripture: 1 John 3 and Psalm 41, be on the lookout for these. As you enjoy the fellowship of Christ today, feel the Spirit leading you to obedience and love.
If you have not committed your life to Christ, placed your trust in Him alone and repented from trusting in all other promises, imagine for a moment what your day would be like if you had. Your whole life made new. Ever going with a Companion who will reign in your heart and will never leave you. A companion who is Master over all, King of Kings, who leads you beside still waters in righteousness, who makes you to lie down in green pastures.