For the third time, we are considering the subject of love! He first mentioned it in 2:7–11, where it is given as an INDICATOR of one who is walking in the light. The second time comes in the middle of ch. 3 and is mentioned as EVIDENCE that one is a child of God. In our text this morning we get down to the very foundation of the matter. Today we’ll discover WHY love is such an important part of the life of a believer. If we are united to God THRU faith in Christ, then we share His nature and since His nature IS LOVE, then LOVE is the test of the reality of our spiritual life.