Day 9

Life in the Son

from the 1, 2, and 3 John reading plan


1 John 4:20-21, 1 John 5:1-13, Romans 13:8-14, John 1:29-34

It happens all the time. And the older I get, the more it happens. And I‘m not even sure I understand why, because I don’t see it at all. I don’t hear it either.

Let me back up. I have three older brothers whom I love very much. But we are very different. This is mainly due to them being so much older than me. My closest brother is nine years older than I am. By the time I was 10 years old, they were married, in college, or in law school. They were gone. I’m so different from them in so many ways that their jokes about me being adopted sometimes ring true.

But here is an example of what happens all the time. I was at work one day at the bank, sitting there talking with a customer. We had been talking for a while when this lady stopped and looked at me with that look:

“Are you…?”

“No, I am not the singer.”

“No, you must be related to the Redmond boys. Are you the youngest one named ‘Matt?’”

“I am. Bobby, Wes, and Jeff are my big brothers.”

And then they go on to tell me how much they love my parents. I have had that conversation about a thousand times since moving back home 7 years ago. What gives me away as a Redmond?

“All you Redmond boys sound and look like your dad.” I can’t hear it or see it, but I guess it’s the truth.

What is amazing to me about this passage in 1 John is not the force with which John says we should love those who are part of the faith, but that our love for each other is the mark of our faith. You cannot escape this logic. Our love for one another is the dead giveaway of whose children we are.

In the Church, we often assume that as long as you are staying away from bad things and doing these other good things, you are surely a Christian. But John, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, makes it clear that love for each other is the defining mark of being children of God.

And why shouldn’t it be? We have the same hope, the same future, the same sin problem we were saved from. We have the same “Brother” who went to the cross on our behalf so that we could truly be adopted into the family. And we have the same heavenly Father now.

Even with all our differences, how could we not love each other when we remember all this?

Written By Matthew B. Redmond

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5 thoughts on "Life in the Son"

  1. Bryce says:

    Father, thank you for making me part of the household of faith. Thank you for forgiving my eternal debt of sin that would of cast me into undying flames. Please help me to act like it today. Amen.

  2. Drew S says:

    We are called to love our brothers and sisters as God loves us. He sent His son to die on the cross for our sins and through His blood, Holy Spirit and water baptizing we know this to be true. That love should be visible to those around us. It’s not always about staying away from sin as it is more important at times to be spreading that love.

  3. Sean Morecraft says:

    Life in the son means living opposite the world. Life in the son is truly life indeed. Marks of this is love and victory. “If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him.” (1 John 4:20-21) “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” (1 John 5:4) We live a life of victory, which could also mean part of the victory is overcoming hate and anger and loving other Christians. “By this they will know you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:35)

    So I must die to my pride and give more love to others. For if I do not love I show no resemblance to God’s family.

  4. Christoper Olson says:

    Love. Let love mark my life Jesus.

  5. Kevin says:

    Day 9: I want others to see the love I have because of Jesus. There are times when I fail at showing that love to others. Consistency is hard in love, but God wants us to love always and Love well. I love y’all!

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