Ever been anxious about a test? Perhaps you can relate to negative or anxious feelings about taking tests academically, or for health concerns. But, the tests that John gives to us in 2:3-11 are aimed in the opposite direction. His tests intend to calm the anxiety that many feel about their salvation. My friends, God desires that His true children would know that they are His!
In verses 3-6, we saw the test related to an individual’s relationship to the Word of God – the commands of Scripture. A person’s relationship to the Word of God is revelatory of their relationship with God. We will see a second test that is equally important and revelatory. It is the test of love.