Now this is how we shall know that we belong to the truth
and reassure our hearts before him
in whatever our hearts condemn,
for God is greater than our hearts and knows everything.
Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us,
we have confidence in God. 1 John 3:21
As do all of the writings attributed to John, this full passage from the lectionary for today calls us to love one another as Jesus the Christ loves each of us. We should not expect that the world will love us in return for our love. In fact, we should not be surprised when the world hates us precisely because of our love of our brothers and sisters. The values of the world--self centeredness, greed, ruthlessness, and domination--are threatened by the actions of love by Christian disciples.
Our standards of love and discipleship must be our own hearts, our conscience. if our hearts "condemn us," we gain consolation from the realization that the Divine One loves us and knows us and our hearts even better than we do ourselves. If our hearts do not condemn us, we stand justified in the light of the Divine. Either way it is the love of the Divine that saves us and calls us to a life of love and service of our brothers and sisters in need. Indeed, it is that Divine love that makes it possible for us to live the life of a disciple in the first place.
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