Since we believe human testimony, surely we can believe the greater testimony that comes from God. And God has testified about his Son. All who believe in the Son of God know in their hearts that this testimony is true. Those who don’t believe this are actually calling God a liar because they don’t believe what God has testified about his Son. And this is what God has testified: He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life.
Those were the words (and letters) spelled out by Matthew McConaughey in the movie "Dazed and Confused." As Christians we talk about life as it has been given to us, eternal and abundant. We talk about new life in Christ. We talk about being in a better place when someone dies. We talk about being born anew. We talk a lot.
John reminds his community that this life comes through Jesus Christ. That is the testimony about the Son of God. However, that is the testimony we receive, we are also called to testify. Our Testimony comes through the lives we live or L-I-V-I-N. Our lives are a reflection of God's life, our story is God's story (and vice versa). We may not feel comfortable with that, being that many of us were raised with a piety of personal acceptance and keeping faith to ourselves. But John is only reiterating what he has told his community before; our witness is reflection of the love we receive and therefore we are called to share this love with one another. Simply put, Love God, Love others because God first loved you. How we live is a testimony to those around us in that basic truth.
So....How ya L-I-V-I-N?