By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. 1 John 5:2,3 ESV
So we can know that we love, by showing our love for God by obeying His commands. These verses tell us it is of utmost importance to be obedient to God. Our obedience shows our love for Him and His children.
I love the last part of this passage, “his commandments are not burdensome”. When we read our bibles Old and New Testament, it is obvious God's commands for us today are nowhere near as burdensome as the commandments of the old covenant.
So, loving the brethren should not be burdensome. When we love the brethren we are being obedient to God. We are keeping His commandments. We are doing His will, just as Jesus did. Doing His will, will sustain us. Think about what Jesus said in John 4:34, "My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.” Jesus was saying that He lives to serve God and that is what sustains Him.
So today if we want to be satisfied, truly satisfied we need to do His will. We need to want to accomplish His work. While food satisfies the body temporarily, doing God's will satisfies the soul eternally.
© 2013 Leo J. Woodman