1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3 This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God? Please answer yes. Now, spoiler alert for those of you who are pessimistic about the direction this world is taking: We (those of us who believe) will overcome the world. John even tells us not to be concerned about all those “commands” of God’s that we are to obey. Hey, they’re not burdensome, he tells us. We can overcome the world.
Love God, carry out His commands. Love one another.