The tangible signs of love are important for this book of love to make sense. John hopes that these verses produce the tangible lives of love in the people of the community. The fellowship that exists when love is made known in Christ is the true fellowship that is a hope for the world.
All who declare that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love.God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.
These simple verses reflect the love that is incarnational, made of flesh and blood, tanglible, touchable, livable. This love is found in the person of Christ (how we know God loves us) and this love brings life (in relationship with God and with one another). To say God is love is to know love. To know love is to live that love as a tangible sign for the world to see.
God is love and our lives are signposts of that love in the world.
Where is God's love needed most in the world today?
Lord, help us live lives of love so others might come to experience your love for them. - Amen